Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was all about Daryl and Beth. In fact, it was the first time in the series that an episode focused on just one pair of characters without shifting to another group.
We learned about Daryl’s heartbreaking backstory (let me hug you!), watched him break down and watched as Daryl seemingly chose to (literally) burn away the darkness that had enveloped him since he lost his prison family and hopefully move in a positive direction.
Norman Reedus talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his character’s journey after the events of the latest episode, “Still.”
“He’s definitely moving in the right direction now. He’s interesting in that he’s very guarded and very loyal. Once he breaks that wall down with someone, he’s loyal forever. Especially with Beth in this episode: she means a lot to him and took time to get to know him and open up to him and that got him to open up. It created a stronger bond between these two. He still thinks everyone else is dead and has little hope for the future, but Beth gave him a little light at the end of the tunnel and that means a lot to him.”
As for whether a romantic relationship between Daryl and Beth is in the cards, well, Reedus didn’t exactly shoot that theory down.
“Everyone pairs Beth up with Carl in this weird way and she’s much older than Carl. He’s looking for comics and she’s looking for food. They’re definitely not the same age. I can’t tell you if there’s going to be a romantic thing; we’re not allowed to talk about that stuff. But never say never! She’s a cute girl in the zombie apocalypse and Daryl could do much worse.”