I’m not sure how many readers of my blog watch The Walking Dead or read the comics, but I have done both. I also watch Fear The Walking Dead, read the side stories based on The Governor, comic of Negan’s origin, and this one-off about someone in Spain who apparently is related to Rick.
Anyway, for those who watch the show, there are many people who have been waiting since season two or three to see Daryl and Carol solidify their relationship as a couple. There are a few reasons I can point out that will likely never happen.
First one is Daryl is asexual. There was a moment when they arrive at the prison that Carol asks Daryl in a flirty way, “Wanna screw around?” And Daryl just shrugs it off. Fast forward to when they’re trying to save Beth from the Atlanta hospital, the two of them are camping in one of the buildings, and Carol noticed Daryl had a book on child abuse. We knew from the marks on Daryl’s back and his interactions with brother Merle, he was abused by his dad as a child. When Carol gets involved with Ezekiel, Daryl doesn’t look like he approves of the relationship, and as I have said from the moment at the prison- their relationship is more like brother-sister.
Second one is maybe Daryl is heterosexual, but not for Carol. I think after we’ve seen Daryl with Connie, there’s something going on between them. He has been gradually learning sign language. It could be so he doesn’t have to waste paper by writing responses, but I think he has a soft spot for her. We still don’t know what happened to Connie though- she disappeared, so anything could change that theory.
Third one is something I’ve been thinking of since season five- Daryl is gay. When Aaron brings the gang to Alexandria, Aaron invited Daryl over his house to have dinner with him and his partner Eric. At one point, Daryl goes out to hunt or track, and Aaron follows him out there. The two of them find a horse, which doesn’t make it unfortunately, and they find a produce warehouse with trailers. They get trapped there, as the trailers were rigged. The two of them get rescued eventually by Morgan, and the three of them head back to Alexandria. Aaron also gives Daryl this pretty sweet motorcycle to help him with scouting for other people to bring back to the community. Along the way, Aaron loses Eric in the Negan war, and Jesus to the Whisperers. I feel that, at some point, Daryl and Aaron might be a thing. I might be wrong, and maybe neither of them find a relationship.
I think I’ve seen enough of these fandoms posting about Daryl and Carol, and I’m like “If it hasn’t happened in ten seasons, I doubt it’ll happen at all.” Unless you’re Game of Thrones and just throw people together in the last season.