Anonymous asked: hi, i just wanna ask you if you believe that beth ruined daryl for anybody else? thank you.
I don’t think Beth ruined Daryl at all. I think she showed him what he wants and that it’s okay to want it; romantic love. I think she taught him a lot about himself. There are things only she has been able to stir inside his heart and soul, that no one else has before her, and probably won’t ever be able to after her.
Do I think that Daryl could ever feel for anyone else what he has been feeling for Beth? No. It would never be the same for him. He could get close, but he could never get that close again.
I think Daryl is a monogamous man. He’s someone who has never had romantic love before; it’s something incredibly new and special to him. It’s exciting, terrifying, confusing, but most of all, it feels amazing to be falling in love. It’s intoxicating. He’s someone who wouldn’t take that experience lightly. It takes a lot for him to open himself up to something like that, to be willing to consider it, to accept it, to return it.
He wouldn’t fall in love with just any woman he encounters after Beth. She’ll always be the person with whom he compares any future romantic prospects, because she’s the first. She’s the one who made him feel safe to fall in love with her, who fully accepted him in every way, who had all of the qualities that appealed to him on a deeper level. His love for Beth right now, it’s wholly emotional and intimate, and that’s hard to find in the real world, let alone in the apocalypse. I think he knows that.
The notion of Daryl being ruined by Beth only stems from one thing and one thing alone and we all know what that is, and it’s so skewed that the validity of it is infinitesimal.
Daryl wasn’t ruined by Beth at all. Her presence, her influence, what she did for him during that time FURTHERED his progress as a man because it was the catalyst that allowed him to break down that wall, and shed the shit off his shoulders that he’s carried his whole life. That’s what Beth has done for him and if that’s ruined, then I want him ruined. Its impact is massive, just like Rick’s impact on his life. Just like Carol’s too, but with Rick (obviously) and Carol it’s platonic and familial whereas with Beth I think the notion of something more is there.
"ruined" haha…. oh boy… yeah i pretty much agree with has already been said. also, his lack of a romantic love in his life stems from where he came from and his self hatred of who he was/is. Beth is healthy for him, Beth is hope for him. no one else would have been able to make him have hope, Beth is very important to Daryl. and with Rick and Carol both headed down darker paths (understandingly) Daryl needs a light, Daryl needs hope and to see that he doesn’t have to go down that path. and I think we saw it in ‘A’ with how he approached Joe and his group, and when he said "well now they’re friends of ours" that is really key, he didn’t see those people and be suspicious of them, he took what one of his family members said as fact and accepted it. I think we see that continue on, of course Daryl will do what he has to do to keep his family safe and get them out, but I think he will be battling with staying human and not allowing himself to be engulfed in any of the darkness that others have been wrapped in.
non of this made sense…. S5 should be a treat!