Okay guys, I'm putting my positive pants back on. Seeing those pics hurt I'm not gonna lie but the more I stew on it the more I see it as a good thing.
Caryl's relationship has always been a big question. Everybody sees them in different ways and AK is actively pushing us all to see them in a very specific way. This episode is about a romance and it's a romance that ties directly to where Carol and Daryl are right now. Having this romance take place in the past as a fleeting flashback is probably the gentlest way to break it to us that Daryl has experience with romance.
This is good for us in a couple of ways.
1. It places Caryl directy into the romantic love category. It removes all the brother/sister mother/son theories. If we are supposed to compare his relationship with Leah in the past to his relationship with Carol now (which we are) then that's the status of their relationship in Canon. Romantic.
2. Daryl now knows or has some experience of romance. He has experienced love in some way that wasn't blind, needy love where he imprinted on the first person who ever showed him any affection like a baby duckling. He has a person out there in the world who he could, feasibly, choose to be with and he instead chose Carol. He chose her. And he will continue to choose her because now he knows that their connection is something special that can't be faked.
Since Leah disappeared Daryl has been showing us where his heart is over and over. The whole of S10 showed us that his priority was and is Carol. That hasn't changed. They still have a future, they'll still run away together and they still have each other no matter what. If anything, those romantically coded scenes in S10 make more sense now. Daryl knows what he wants, knows where he belongs and knows who he chose.
Yes he's going to yell at her. Maybe she doesn't deserve it but he's yelled at her before. In times when he's felt exposed and vulnerable. In times where she's gotten too close for him to hide those deep feelings he has. She doesn't know when to stop, he's right about that. She'll keep pushing him till he snaps and then they'll move on but they need it. They need to clear that air. They need to scream some home truths to the only person they know they can be brutally honest with without fear of losing them. Couples argue. They disagree. They fight. If they didn't then they would never survive the test of time and we already know that Caryl will survive.
Now, that doesn't mean I'm gonna like seeing it. It's gonna be tough to see those scenes. They look intimate and cosy, they look comfortable together but still, he ends up back where he's supposed to be so we shall power through, endure and move on. Caryl is coming and instead of Daryl being with Carol simply because he's known her the longest or she was kind to him when no-one else was or whatever other excuse people come up with, they will be together because they choose each other. Like they should and like we always hoped they would.
We still have a future.
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One little, two little, three little happy pills
Four little, five little, six little happy pills
Seven little, eight little, nine little happy pills
Ten little happy pills 💊
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So I took this photo in order to represent how I appear happy yet I am a mess deep inside and do self destructive behavior in order to feel better about my situation. It’s sorta like a small dopamine rush I get from doing an action that gives me a little excitement then after I feel like total shit and think about ending my life. Then, I do it all over again.
I think this photo can be relatable to most people because society in general forces people to be happy but never really be open about feeling sad. I think people who always appear to be “happy” are fake and not genuine people. To truly be happy means you have to be positive on some days while also feeling like shit while not dwelling on it too much. Besides if we can never truly express our emotions then how can we be truly happy?
I took this photo using a black and white filter on my phone and started using pencils (which you can see one in my mouth) and paper to make my face look distorted to the point beyond recognition. I also moved my face around while taking the photo to make the background look chaotic. The chaotic background is meant to represent my overall situation in which I feel like a mess.
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