He comforted her after daughter Sophia went missing (and was eventually found as a zombie). He rescued her after she was trapped by biters at the prison. Yes, The Walking Dead‘s Daryl and Carol have had a close relationship that many fans wish would get even closer. But any possible romance was put on hold when Daryl went off to Woodbury and then with his brother while Carol began to form another bond with the last convict standing, Axel. However, now that Axel is out of the picture (dropped by a bullet courtesy of the Governor) and Daryl is back, could a Daryl-Carol pairing finally be in the works? We asked the man who plays Daryl, Norman Reedus, if romance could be blooming in the couple’s future.
”If it does, lucky me. She’s awesome,” says Reedus of the woman who plays Carol, Melissa McBride. “She’s my favorite actress on the show. I mean, I like them all, but I’ve gotten to work a lot with her and know her vibe. If it happens, it happens. I want it to be awkward when it happens. I want it to be really awkward. I want her to make the first move.”
What?!? He wants Carol to make the first move? Is that because it would be out of character for Daryl to do something smooth? “Absolutely,” says Reedus. “I don’t think he’s figured out women. What does a relationship look like and how does that work? He never really grew up with a woman in the house, so it’s sort of like foreign creatures to him. “
Has Daryl ever been in a real relationship? Reedus doesn’t think so. “Maybe he got together with a couple of locals at one point or something,” says the actor. “But I don’t think he was ever in any sort of serious relationship. So if it happens, great. If it doesn’t, great. I like the fact that we’re two damaged people and we sort of gravitate to each other. I like that. If it happens, right on.”
Fans are no doubt saying the same thing: RIGHT ON!
For more on Reedus, check out our profile on the actor in the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands later this week. And for more Walking Dead scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.