Anonymous said: Do you think there is even the slightest possibility that when we turn on our television C#ryl will be the relationship that the show/Gimple go with? I've seen some say that networks have mislead in the past, and put out faulty information to "surprise" the audience when they tune in. It just seems like there was a ton of focus on Bethyl for it to end up being a different relationship in the end.
Nope. For real. No. The Carol and Daryl relationship has never been a romance. It’s something a group of people want to see. And that’s fine, that’s their prerogative. That’s what shipping is, it’s about what you want to happen between two characters. At the same time though, Scott Gimple is all about storytelling. He’s all about laying the groundwork for something and then having it pay off. Nothing that happened in season 4A didn’t have some kind of payoff in season 4B, even if it wasn’t the payoff we expected or imagined. The sheer amount of foreshadowing in 4x01 alone is astounding. There was nothing about the Daryl and Carol relationship in season 4 that even hinted at romance. Their relationship was the same strong friendship that we saw in season 3. Are they going to have some shit to work out in season 5? Yeah, but it has nothing to do with wanting to make kissy face with each other. There was however, a ton of romantic imagery in the Bethyl storyline. (People don’t have like it, but it was there, the low lighting, the lingering stares, the physical contact, etc.) So if Gimple decided that he was going to go with something other than Bethyl (or at the very least further exploring what Daryl and Beth’s relationship is and means to each of them and the group), he would be basically abandoning all the set-up he put together in season 4B. That’s not the kind of storyteller he is.