26 reasons to ship Caryl – parallels edition

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1.
Scars + victims of abuse.

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2.
They both took it out on Ed and Merle when they died (as a revenge for everything they had put them through).

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3. They both used to live in the shadow of their own lives
Daryl in 4×12: “I was nobody. Nothing.”
Carol in 5×13: “I get to be invisible again.”

4. They both let go of their painful past.
• In 4×12, Daryl burned down the house that was meant to represent his past, and let go of those memories.
• Carol in 5×06 (to Daryl): “The woman I was with him… she got burned away.”

In both cases, fire is involded (literally and figuratively). There’s also a constant presence of fire in Consumed, their bottle episode. Carol is associated with fire in the flashbacks and Daryl is associated with fire in the present time. They burned their past away separately, and now they’re ready to “start over” together.

5. Forehead kisses.

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The first one happened in season 2, and the second one in season 5. We can clearly see the evolution of their relationship through those kisses (in season 2, Daryl cringed and was reluctant to receive the kiss, while in season 5 he doesn’t even blink when Carol touches him).

6. The “separation” scenes.

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Carol finding out that Daryl left the group + Daryl thinking Carol is dead + Daryl finding out that Rick banished Carol.

7. Picking up each other’s stuff.

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8. Comforting each other after the loss of someone they cared about.

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9.
• Carol & Daryl in 5×06: “You don’t know me.” // “Yup, you keep telling yourself that.”
• Carol in 5×10: “I know you.”

10.
• Carol in season 2: “You did more for my little girl in one day than her daddy ever did in his whole life.”
• Daryl in season 5: “You saved us all by yourself.”

11.
4×02: “You okay?” // “Gotta be.”
5×02: “You okay?” // “Gotta be.”

12. Mirroring each other’s actions in Still/The Grove/Alone

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& (teaching the girls how to use weapons)

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& (breaking down after losing the girls)

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13. Being there for each other after Sophia’s and Beth’s deaths.

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14.
• Carol in season 3: “Daryl has his code.”
• Daryl in season 4: “That’s her but that ain’t her”

15.
• Glenn to Daryl (when he was leaving the group): “What do you want us to tell Carol?”
• Rick (after banishing Carol): “I gotta go talk to Daryl”

16.
• Carol before finding out that Daryl left: “Where’s Daryl?”
• Daryl before finding out that Carol got banished: “What about Carol?”

17.
• Daryl giving Sophia’s doll to Carol // Carol giving Beth’s knife to Daryl.

18. They care about each other more than anyone else.

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19.
Daryl is always the first one to reunite with Carol

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20.
They honor each other’s memory.

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21.
Daryl carrying Carol because she’s hurt: season 3 // season 5.

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22.
Their “stahp” game.

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23. They’re both ready to give their lives to protect their family.
• Rick (to Carol): “Is there anything you wouldn’t do for this group?” / Carol: “No.”
• Daryl: “You want blood? You take it from me, man.”

24.

• When Daryl wanted to leave the group in season 2, Carol stopped him. (You’re every bit as good as them”).
• When Carol wanted to leave the group in season 5, Daryl stopped her. (”We get to start over”).

They’re trying.

25. They’re trying.
“You said we get to start over. Did you?” / “I’m trying.”
“Why are you here?” / “Trying.”
“You ain’t somewhere else, you’re right here. Trying!”
“You wanted me to try, right?”

26. Together.
We ain’t dead”
We get to start over.”
We ain’t ashes.”
• We’re not dead”