Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead episode, “New Best Friends.”
Well, it happened. The moment that Walking Dead fans have been waiting for ever since season 4 finally happened with tonight’s episode: Daryl and Carol finally reunited.
The moment seemed to downplay any possible sexual tension, emphasizing the brother/sister relationship the two have had for over the years. (Sorry, Daryl/Carol shippers).
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While many fans were happy to see the two together again, some weren’t feeling Daryl and Carol’s “weird, sort of platonic but maybe not really” feelings toward each other.
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Daryl’s line “Why did you leave us?” completely shattered some fans. Some were quick to label it Daryl’s saddest line ever, noticing how his voice broke ever so slightly when he first confronted Carol.
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The most shocking revelation to come from the reunion interestingly enough didn’t involve a revelation at all. As Carol asked if everyone was all right in the group, Daryl told Carol a bold-faced lie. He completely failed to mention that significant event from earlier in the season, when Negan killed Glenn and Abraham with Lucille.
Fans have been debating the moment on Twitter. Despite the lie, there seems to be a majority that seem to support Daryl’s decision to lie to Carol in the moment.
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As heartbreaking as it was, it completely fits with Daryl’s character. He has always been protective of Carol, ever since he consoled her when she lost Sophia. It is arguable that he can be overprotective, and perhaps this lie is an example of that.
However, their relationship has always been a weird but solid one, built on mutual trust and respect. That trust may be in jeopardy now with Daryl’s lie, but it was clear in the moment Daryl wasn’t thinking of the consequences. He was simply trying to protect Carol, as he’s always done.
It’s only a matter of time before Carol discovers the real truth of the situation. Daryl’s lie may have worked in the moment, to both spare Carol pain and to keep her from getting further involved with Ezekiel, but Carol has proved nothing but resourceful and savvy throughout the course of the show.
Daryl’s lie simply prolongs the inevitable.