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    THR:How TWD May Be Setting Up a Love Story for Its Most Beloved Character

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/li...theory-1189031


    Only posting the parts of the article I give a damn about, lol.


    Connie nearly loses her life when a walker sneaks up from behind, only to be saved in the eleventh hour by Daryl, their first true scene together. Hours later, after the Whisperers are gone, they have a much more impactful conversation: Daryl, who has decided to leave the Hilltop in search of Alpha and her pack, runs into Connie, who has decided much the same. The two proceed to communicate to each other on note cards (as far as a meet cute, to Andrew Lincoln, this is perfect), all while Emma Russack's emotional ballad "All My Dreaming" provides the score:

    The mostly written exchange goes as follows:

    Connie: "Where are you going?"
    Daryl: "Couldn't live with it. Left to find Lydia."
    Connie: "I'm going with you."
    Daryl, speaking out loud: "No."
    Connie points at her previous card: "I'm going with you."
    Daryl, speaking out loud: "Why?"
    Connie: "I can't live with it, either."

    The two wander out of the Hilltop (accompanied by Daryl's dog, Dog), closing out the episode with an undeniably electric charge.

    What, no one else feels it? Just us?

    Fine, maybe. Admittedly, it's hard to convey the emotional weight of the scene in the written word, which is ironic, given how much is said in the scene using the written word. It's a bit of a feel thing. But there's also much in the way of body language, the way Connie interrupts Daryl and refuses to let him continue on alone, the way he opens himself up for that possibility after spending the last few years all on his own.

    There's all the build-up beforehand, too, even if it's unrelated to Daryl and Connie specifically. Russack's moving music plays underneath various scenes of Walking Dead heroes finding love with one another: Ezekiel and Carol, Alden (Callan McAuliffe) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon), Henry going off in pursuit of Lydia after they shared a kiss a few scenes earlier… even the baby Connie rescued finds love in the form of new caretakers Earl (John Finn) and Tammy (Brett Butler), who lost their son Kenneth at the start of the season.

    Really, love is the central theme of "Bounty," not just the closing montage; the fact that the hour ends with Daryl and Connie together at the height of an emotional ballad doesn't feel like a coincidence. Even the lyrics to "All My Dreaming" seem to call to Daryl's often unspoken core:

    All my dreaming,
    All my wishing,
    It hasn't come through,
    But life's just like that.
    And I don't know what
    I am looking for,
    But when I find it,
    It will feel right.
    I've dreamt of love and
    I've wished for control.
    It hasn't come through,
    But I won't push that.
    Maybe all that
    I've ever wanted
    Is what I have and
    That is alright.

    Let's look beyond feeling. Is there comic book precedent for Daryl and Connie becoming an item? At first glance, it wouldn't seem so, since Daryl doesn't exist in the comics. But Connie does, and as she's written by Robert Kirkman, she enters the scene in a relationship. In the adaptation process, Connie's comic book boyfriend Kelly has become Connie's television sister Kelly, played by Angel Theory. Connie isn't a major character in the source material by any stretch of the imagination, but there is indeed precedent for her to be romantically linked with a fellow survivor.

    Beyond the comics, of course, Daryl's romantic life has been the subject of conversation in Walking Dead circles for years and years now. So many characters have been raised as possible partners, from the late Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) to Aaron (Ross Marquand) and even beyond. The most popularly mentioned hopeful partner, without peer: Carol. For what it's worth, Connie and Daryl getting together would give new meaning to "Caryl," the portmanteau some fans have used in support of a Carol-Daryl romance. How's that for fate?

    For his part, Reedus' most recent remarks on the subject make it clear that if Daryl ever embarks on a relationship, it will be a major moment for the show.

    "I think when it happens, it's going to be a big deal," he said in an interview. "I'm glad that we have played him the way we've played him. I think if we would have had some hot, steamy barn sex somewhere, it would be over and done [by now]. I don't think he's that type of a guy. I think he's the type of guy that when he does it, he will be in love. He'll fall in love. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Everything he means, he says. When he cares about somebody, he cares about them. Playing it in that direction is better than having an episode or a scene in one thing. I think it means more to him."

    If Daryl's ever going to find that meaning, there's no better time than now. Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan are gone, with Danai Gurira on her way out. With so many comings and goings in the Walking Dead universe, Daryl Dixon remains a constant. The idea of pairing him off with an equal — someone as complex as Connie, brave and morally sturdy enough to face down certain death in order to save a child of the enemy — feels like the right move for the character. When Michonne leaves, potentially (and likely) in pursuit of Rick, it will be hard for the show to explain Daryl's continued dedication to the Alexandria Safe-Zone. A new person to care about, someone he can fall for and fight for — someone like Connie — might just be what keeps him grounded in place.

    Beyond what's right for Daryl as a character, it feels like the right moment for the Walking Dead as a franchise. As viewership continues to drop, showrunner Angela Kang and her fellow creative forces are incentivized to do everything in their power to invest the audience in new characters. They are already doing an admirable job of turning Connie into one of the most compelling new characters on the board. If the focused characterization of Connie continues while drawing her closer to the most iconic character still left in the series in Daryl, consider the audience investment in Connie (and "Caryl," or "Caryl 2.0" if you prefer) well and fully made.


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    My thoughts: I can dig it. I was surprised that of all people THR were the first to post about "Donnie" since they don't really write about shipping aside from pre-canon Richonnne (wink wink). And Connie going out with Daryl to look for Henry low key felt kind of random so it must have a purpose. And the montage scene was full of couples and then you have Daryl and Connie, lol. It put me in the feels in the right way.


    I disagree with the article saying they could potentially be "Caryl 2.0" though cause Donnie could be so much better.

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    Wait a sec Connie’s the deaf broad?

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    Every time Daryl has a second of screen time with a new character, someone ships it. lol

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    *leaves thread*

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    Lol they are going to fall in love wearing walker mask and have sex against a tree. While all their friends die around them. Daryl is my favorite character and it makes me sad that all he is to the show and the fans and the media. Is who he is going to bang. Norman I love you and you deserve better and deserve better fans.

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    Been there done that, at this point I have to say sh** or get off the pot.

    TBH, Daryl in a romantic relationship with anyone feels a little desperate (on the show's part) now.

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    Girl they already have Donnie married and popping out babies by the end of the season. Some things never change and it sucks shipping has come to this. I miss when people ship stuff for the right reasons.
    Quote Originally Posted by KerryGold View Post
    Been there done that, at this point I have to say sh** or get off the pot.

    TBH, Daryl in a romantic relationship with anyone feels a little desperate (on the show's part) now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia ♥ View Post
    Lol they are going to fall in love wearing walker mask and have sex against a tree. While all their friends die around them. Daryl is my favorite character and it makes me sad that all he is to the show and the fans and the media. Is who he is going to bang. Norman I love you and you deserve better and deserve better fans.
    I'm not even a major fan of Daryl and even I notice that he is much more than just who people ship him with. That may have been true in the past when he was only seen as Rick's sidekick, or half of Caryl or Bethyl, but as the new leading man he has been getting praised in ways that he hasn't been in past seasons and people are loving the direction they are taking his character. And Norman seems to be very happy with it all so I dont know why you're acting as if he is being wronged somehow, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia ♥ View Post
    Lol they are going to fall in love wearing walker mask and have sex against a tree. While all their friends die around them. Daryl is my favorite character and it makes me sad that all he is to the show and the fans and the media. Is who he is going to bang. Norman I love you and you deserve better and deserve better fans.
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    Girl they already have Donnie married and popping out babies by the end of the season. Some things never change and it sucks shipping has come to this. I miss when people ship stuff for the right reasons.
    But you are one of the fans who has been invested for so long in who Daryl is going to bang! I suppose in your case it was for the right reasons, of course.

    I don't care one way or the other about Donnie, but I do hope that when they set it up, it will be sweet and romantic.

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    It is my opinion because I love Norman. You don't feel that way cool. And I can act and say whatever I want. Same as you. I guess I want him to be more that the women or women he is going to bang. He is doing a great job this season but here we are with who he is going to be with. I am sure Normans hard work means more to him and his long time fans want more or better for him.
    Quote Originally Posted by ScorpioGoddess View Post
    I'm not even a major fan of Daryl and even I notice that he is much more than just who people ship him with. That may have been true in the past when he was only seen as Rick's sidekick, or half of Caryl or Bethyl, but as the new leading man he has been getting praised in ways that he hasn't been in past seasons and people are loving the direction they are taking his character. And Norman seems to be very happy with it all so I dont know why you're acting as if he is being wronged somehow, lol.

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