Norman Reedus fans get ready to swoon — The Walking Dead star recently talked about Daryl Dixon’s feelings for Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney).
During an interview with Yahoo! TV, Norman Reedus was asked yet again about whether Daryl is in love with Carol or Beth. Instead of getting annoyed about being asked the same question during every interview, Reedus dutifully provided an answer that shouldn’t upset Caryl shippers or Bethyl fans.
Norman admitted that Daryl felt something for Beth during their days together, but he wouldn’t say that these feelings were of the romantic variety.
“When he was alone with Beth [in Season 4’s ‘Still’], I don’t know that he knew what those feelings meant, but they were feelings. It wasn’t so much a love affair as it was like, ‘Things can be good. Maybe you’re the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s, and you’re going to show me where all the candy is.'”
In other words, Beth was giving him hope and showing him that life doesn’t have to be all about surviving — she didn’t let the zombie apocalypse stop her from singing or enjoying her first alcoholic beverage.
Norman Reedus also talked about Daryl Dixon’s feelings for Carol, one of the toughest characters on The Walking Dead. The episode that featured Caryl’s adventures in Atlanta was titled “Consumed,” so it was fitting that Reedus used fire to describe Carol’s emotional journey.
“Carol means so much to him, and they’re so similar. He’s trying to keep the fire burning in her, and she’s put out that fire, built her own fires. Burned things down. Burned people up. There’s a whole bunch of symbolic gestures in all these episodes, but I think the stakes are super high for him, and he’ll do anything to get his two girls back.”
Reedus might refuse to choose one of Daryl Dixon’s “two girls” over the other, but his mom knows who she wants to see her son’s character settle down with. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Norman’s mother recently revealed her preference for Carol in a text message that went viral. Reedus explained why Carol is his mother’s favorite character on The Walking Dead.
“I think my mom probably sees a lot of herself in Carol, to be honest. My mom’s a really tough cookie, and she’s lived all over the world. She ran a school in Kurdistan recently. She taught high school in the Bronx and kindergarten in Harlem. She’s a very colorful badass, and I feel like she probably sees herself in Carol a little bit, you know, a fighter who gets things done.”
Unfortunately, Norman Reedus hinted that the midseason finale of The Walking Dead (“Coda”) will feature the loss of one of Daryl’s girls. During an interview with TV Guide, Reedus revealed that the final moments of “Coda” will be “devastating.”
“I sat on an apple box with my head between my legs and just bawled for an hour… I just sat there and cried and cried and cried.”
Norman seemed to suggest that the group of survivors will get close to saving Carol and Beth, but something will go horribly wrong.
“He’s one of those characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it, but the carrot falls in the mud right before he’s about to get it.”
Many fans of The Walking Dead believe that Beth Greene is a likely casualty of The Walking Dead midseason finale, but some fans of the show recently uncovered photographic evidence that might suggest otherwise.
As Uproxx points out, the death of Carol would be devastating news for Caryl shippers and those who want to see a Walking Dead spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. Norman has joked about the idea for years, and his plan for The Caryl Show is very ambitious.
“It’s Daryl and Carol living in Central Park, and all the squirrels are going missing so Bloomberg’s putting out announcements that the squirrels are disappearing and we have sort of a [distillery] and tourist come by … and we try to charge them money. We have theme song that goes, ‘Carol is sterile and Daryl is feral/a match made in hell.'”
You can see Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride singing the theme song below.
Many fans of The Walking Dead are worried about Carol and Beth, but here’s a scary potential plot twist: What if Norman Reedus was crying because Daryl Dixon gets bitten and dies during the midseason finale? If Daryl meets his demise trying to save Carol and Beth, at least fans got to see him using a walker head as a deadly bowling ball in last week’s “Crossed.” Speaking of which, Norman Reedus recently shared a behind-the-scenes Instagram photo of Daryl’s gruesome encounter with one of the hospital cops.
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[Image credits: AMC, Norman Reedus/Instagram]