RELATIONSHIP MATURITY - CAROL ALREADY KNOWS
We already know that in “Still” Daryl talks about his past (before the ZA) and shares a slight glimpse of his relationship with Merle - Little Brother followed Big Brother!
In turn Beth speaks about her relationship with Maggie and reveals some idyllic dreams about how she wanted Hershel to live out the rest of his life, surrounded by family and at peace.
Therefore Big Brother Daryl and Little Sister Beth bond is formed - adorable!
Daryl Dixon is a man of mystery, he doesn’t share his feelings, doesn’t talk about his memories too much and he doesn’t exactly have an easy time trusting other people.
Judging by the messages in my inbox the biggest letdown among a lot of you is the fact that he confided and shared so much with Beth and not Carol. After all one of the key aspects of the CARYL relationship is a foundation of trust and communication which is why seeing him open up to someone else was so painful to watch!
I am here to tell you and actually prove that Carol already knows everything Daryl said to Beth and probably much-much more!
In season 3 Daryl and Merle are reunited in Woodberry and escape together only to be told by Rick & co. that Merle was not welcome back at the prison, which essentially forces Daryl to make a very unfair choice. Seeing how he was backed into a corner Daryl couldn’t abandon his brother again so he chooses to go off with him.
Upon returning to the prison Rick tells Carol that Daryl left and her heart breaks into a million pieces.
Carol being who she is manages to put away her pain and dedicates herself to taking care of Judith and teaching Beth the ins-and-outs of surrogate motherhood.
Beth - “I am pissed at him for leaving…Merle sounds like a jerk!”
Carol - “…Men like Merle get under your skin, make you feel like you deserve the abuse…”
*This scene makes it very clear that Daryl had already shared intimate details about his relationship with Merle and so much so that she understands perfectly why he had to leave just like he knew that she would*
Daryl and Merle came back to the prison after their brief adventure in the woods.
Carol of course goes to his cell to welcome him back (puts her pain aside again);
Carol - “Just wanted to tell I am glad you are back…”
Daryl - “To all this?”
Carol -“This is our home”
Daryl - “This is a tomb”
Carol - “That’s what T-Dog called it, I thought he was right..until you found me!
Daryl (cue adorable smile)
Carol - “He’s your brother but he”s not good for you! Don’t let him bring you down - after all look how far you’ve come”
*Cue both genuinely laughing*
*That conversation shows right away that Carol already knows about Daryl’s past (jail maybe?) and is also very well aware of the kind of influence Merle can have on his personality. If she knew only brief details or assumptions about the brothers dynamic this conversation would have resulted in either Daryl withdrawing from her or him stomping off in anger to get away. Nobody else would have dared to even bring up something like this but this was HIS Carol - she knew exactly what to say and how to say it in order to get through to him. This level of understanding couldn’t have been created with a quick talk - they’ve talked about Merle and Ed at length I am sure of it*
This is probably one of my favourite CARYL scenes and I really wish they would have used it in the show BUT even though it’s a deleted scene almost every TWD fan is aware of its genius.
I am off course referring to the “Don”t Underestimate” dialogue between Carol and Merle (Daryl in the background), taking place after they return together and the older Dixon attempts to charm his way into acceptance within the group.
Carol - “Don’t underestimate me”
Merle - “Excuse me”
Carol - “I’ve seen you making the rounds, trying to make nice but if you mess this up for Daryl I’ll slice your throat while you sleep”
Merle - *speechless*
Carol - “Enjoy your dinner!” (Sweet smile)
Merle - Instant CARYL shipper
*Now this scene makes it clear that not only does Carol have dirt on Merle BUT she also understands the brothers relationship so much so that she knows exactly what he what kind of crap he might try to pull to bring Daryl back to his level. Carol has a very strong bond with Daryl, she has witnessed the transformation he’s gone through and she knows exactly what to do and say to Merle Dixon to set him straight. Since she didn’t exactly hang out with Merle before, the only way she would have gotta that information is through Daryl himself and a character like Merle probably required a LOT of conversation.
It was obviously worth it because Merle never underestimated her and was most likely the strongest CARYL shipper after that day”
All of these conversations came from TWD Season 3 long before Beth even had any significant interaction with Daryl Dixon!
Daryl might have shared a few bad memories with Beth in that cabin but he bared his soul and his heart with Carol a long time ago!
Beth and Daryl bonded in “Still” and I am glad that they did because they could both use a friend or a sibling right now!
Do you feel better now?!?!