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The Walking Dead: Did AMC Accidently Confirm A Daryl/Beth Romance?


If you’ve been watching The Walking Dead recently, it hasn’t been hard to notice the blossoming relationship between fan-favorite Daryl Dixon and the recently acknowledged Beth Greene. The two have been spending some major time together after being separated from the rest of the group following the Governor’s prison raid in the Season 4 mid-season finale.

Speculations have been circling around whether Beth and Daryl are “romantically involved.” Up until now, nothing has been explicitly stated to confirm or deny the allegations; however, all evidence seems to suggest otherwise – e.g. consistent flirting, hand holding, piggy back rides, etc.

Fortunately for inquisitive fans, it appears as though AMC recently made a slip up on their own website, confirming the rumors that at least one of the characters has feelings for the other. In the details section of the episode guide for Episode 13 “Alone”, AMC accidently confirmed that Daryl’s feelings for Beth were not platonic. After the blunder went viral on Twitter, AMC quickly updated the website to adjust the wording to something more subtle. Check out the before and after screen shots below:




Daryl-Beth-Romantic-2What do you think about the slip-up? Are you surprised or did you see this coming all along (like most of us). Most importantly, what could this news spell for a possible Daryl/Carol reunion? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Sebastian Compagnucci

Sebastian is the lead host of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast. In his spare time, you can find him watching trashy reality television like Survivor and Big Brother.
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  • Natalie River Smith

    Until Beth burned that house, I was like, “nope,that would suck.” After she did that, though…I’m like, PLEASE!!!! This would be so much better than Caryl.

  • Christina Bennett

    I will stop watching if he hooks up with beth cant stand her and he should be with carol come on writers dont ruin the show!!

    • Joe

      I can not imagine him hooking up with Carol. I like her character and all, but she definitely scores no points in the looks department. Trying to compare her to little blonde Beth is just a silly exercise in futility.

      Her and Daryl will only ever be friends!

      • baroness

        This post makes me feel betrayed by my own gender.
        Please stop talking.

        • Babs

          I’m female and don’t consider it a betrayal if someone prefers a cute little blond. After all, Beth is a female also, or do only plain looking, middle-aged women count? And btw, I’m a middle-aged woman myself.

        • lexy


      • Ginger

        Lets not even talk about the looks department. Let’s talk about the chemistry. Carol had more chemistry with Axel than Daryl. I’ve never seen Carol smile and get amused with Axel. Too bad Axel got shot. Daryl and Carol are just friends. Daryl felt sorry for Carol because of what she had to go through with Sophia. They have a bond, sure but not the ‘Caryl’ thing shippers would want. It would be too predictable. Now, Beth and Daryl?. It would be the first and the most ingenious pairing in the history of television. AMC would be wise to pioneer in that.

        • Kristy Shelton

          How the hell would it be ” the most ingenious pairing in the history of television”? There’s absolutely nothing iconic about it. If Daryl starts a romantic relationship with Beth I will stop watching the show so I can avoid puking all over myself from watching a great character get ruined by being with a character who needs more development and a brother figure from Daryl, not a romance. Carol and Daryl make sense because of their chemistry, their bond, and most of all their history. Carol was there from day 1 and Daryl hardly ever interacted with Beth throughout the entire time they were on the show together. Seriously, I would rather Daryl not date anybody than date Beth. I really don’t want to see a fantastic character like his get ruined because some people decided “bethyl” was so cute!!!! This isn’t a fucking romance series – it’s the God damn apocalypse. People die. Beth needs to focus on developing skills – and better acting – whereas Daryl would be better suited to act as a mentor. And saying Carol is way to old or damaged goods – whichever comment said that – is fucked up. So just because she’s damaged she doesn’t deserve to have a romantic bond with somebody? Daryl is also damaged – hence the whipping scars on his back. The most intense romances start off as friendships, and Daryl and Carol have a deep friendship. You think that just because he didn’t tell Carol he tagged along with Merle before zombies happened that that means he’s all lovey dovey for Beth? Like another person said – this isn’t twilight.

          • Ginger

            Yes its not Twilight, and its not Driving Miss Daisy too, so please stop pairing Daryl with gramma.

      • Mandy

        All shipping aside, you’re telling me that even in the Zombie Apocalypse relationships should be based on who’s the hottest and not, I don’t know, who you have strong, emotional connections with? What the heck does it say for our world that when it’s falling down around us people are still only judged on their looks and not their merit?

    • Gizmo

      let me guess you are a daryl fan? even if he dies you quite watching. pls get lost

  • Christe Hempstead-Holcomb

    I would rather see Daryl end up with Michonne. They would fit perfectly together

  • Kayla

    If Carol and Daryl where going to happen had past seasons to have it happen and didn’t go far. I think in some way’s Carol/Daryl was because of how much of himself he gave into finding Sophia and was nice to Carol When ed was not. On the other hand look at how open Daryl was about his past with Beth not a lot but more than what I recall he was with Carol. Emily and Norman have a romantic Chemistry I see Melissa and Norman Chemistry as more as friends and possible even ending up being a mom figure Daryl didn’t have or something but just my thoughts.

    • April

      I agree that Carol was more of a mother figure. In season 2, she kissed him on the forehead while he was lying in bed recovering. She told him he was just as good as anyone else. Both are mothering acts. He felt sorry for her because she was a grieving mother. And in season one and two, he looked like he was in late 20s.

      • Babs

        Definitely a mother figure! Carol is wayyyyyy too old and damaged for Daryl. He’s already been through too much damage. He needs a fresh perspective on live that only Beth can provide.

        • Samantha Faith

          And Beth isn’t too young? Carol and Daryl are only a few years apart, Beth is 18.

        • Kristy Shelton

          Yeah, because two damaged people NEVER bonded over abuse and maintained a romantic relationship that sprouted out of years of a deep friendship. That shit never happens. *sarcasm*

          • Barb

            McBride just recently stated in an interview that if fans are expecting a Caryl romance, they’re going to be disappointed.

            And Reedus just said that Daryl feels the same way for both Carol and Beth. To me that means neither lady has an ice cube’s chance in hell. So Daryl will find romance with the new female character Samantha, and that leaves Carol and Beth to…why would they introduce Tara, if that’s the route they would take?

            I’m okay with a lesbian romance/relationship, but what I’m not okay with, is the BS attached to all of this.

      • Kristy Shelton

        No he did not look like he was in his late 20’s. Is nobody looking at the same character I am? Look at his eyes, how many 20 year olds do you know that have eye pockets like that? The actor himself is 45 years old, so tell me how a 45 year old actor is supposed to portray a 20-25 year old male? Jesus Christ it’s like I’m the only one actually looking at the characters.

        • April

          In episode 1 and 2 he looked like he was in late 20s. He has aged 10-15 years in the 2 years of the apocalypse. Rick did, too.

        • Lol… Well Michael J Fox was 30 when he played 17 year old Marty McFly in Back To The Future. 😛

    • Kristy Shelton

      People don’t always jump into sex – I know, this must be surprising. Sometimes people take the time to get to know each other. And sometimes people don’t even develop romantic feelings for friends until years later after a strong bond has formed.

  • Rick’s wife

    beth needs to get laid.

    • Judy Minghini


      • Kristy Shelton

        Yes. So much yes.

  • Paula Myers

    Me to and you can not tell me that he didn’t want Michonne to stay at the prison just because I think he likes her

  • baroness

    apart from the fact that kirkman, reedus, kinney and amc more or less debunked this idead. Hells no. I’d rather claw my eyes out than watch beth and daryl happen. this isn’t twilight.

    • .

      Shut up.

    • Kass

      They never debunked anything.

  • Jen

    Maggie is taken and it seems that they may be hooking Michonne up with Rick. Rosita is with Abraham and Carol is too cold and quite a bit older, so the only option for Daryl seems to be Beth. Daryl needs someone pretty and positive and since the other three girls are taken, Beth is the perfect choice. Carol has become way to cold now and Daryl doesn’t need that headache.

    • “Quite a bit older.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! She’s right around his age. And she’s not cold. But you just keep telling yourself that, if it makes you feel better.

      If 40+ Daryl hooks up with teenaged Beth, that makes him neither decent nor honourable. So there goes his hero status. And for many of us, everything that we loved about him will be gone, and his character will be ruined.

      • Amanda

        Beth is at least 18. She is legally able to consent. Also, society is far different in their world vs our world. Beth is mature in a lot of ways and immature in some. Same with Daryl. I think they’d make a loving and supportive couple. Now, I’d disagree if we saw Daryl actively trying to have sex with Beth. But we’re not – we’re just witnessing a strong bond being made which may or may not be love in a romantic sense.

        • Tanya McLauchlan

          All I can say is, I hope it’s not romantic. I don’t care what their society is like vs. ours. I also don’t care that she’s legally able to consent–she’s barely legal, and it would make me think so much less of Daryl’s character that I wouldn’t even care if he lived. She’s still a teenager, and he’s still old enough to be her father.

          • Kass

            She’s almost 19. Norman’s ex GF was barely legal.

          • Kristy Shelton

            We are discussing the character Daryl, not the actor. Just because the actor does something does not mean his character on a television show does as well. Focus on the show, not on Norman Reedus’ personal life.

          • Kristy Shelton


        • Nampi

          besides she´s 19 and Daryl looks like 35 years old, so that will be a difference of 16 years, is not su much 🙂

  • waitwhat?

    I just said this elsewhere but no way. They do that they ruin Daryl completely. This isn’t the CW with some stupid teeny drama going on. Their bond was not romantic.

  • BlueMagnolia

    People are entitled to their opinions, I respect that there are people who can’t fathom or don’t like the possibility of Daryl and Beth. My opinion just happens to be different. I know that some viewers can’t break free of their own societal perspectives and put themselves into the mindset of survivors of an apocalypse where society and all of is rules have collapsed and people may only live through this week or this month or this year. If people get the chance to be happy with someone — regardless of age, gender or race — when they don’t know how long they’ll even be alive, I say go for it and good on them. Odds are exceedingly good that such a romance would actually happen under those circumstances — heck, it happens now and it’s happened going all the way back to ancient Rome. I have several friends from back in my college years who are now happily married to people 20 and 30 years older than them, respectively, and they’re some of the strongest, most loving and supportive couples I’ve ever seen.

    Plus, it’s a romance that happens in the comics and is considered the strongest relationship (granted, in the comics, it was Dale and Andrea and they were 42 years apart in age — but I think Daryl and Beth’s relationship may be inspired by their’s).

    Also, we’re not talking about a sexual relationship/romance. We’re talking about an emotionally intimate one. Plenty of people in the world can keep romantic love and sex separate; it’s just our society these days that can’t distinguish between the two. Neither Daryl or Beth are emotionally prepared for physical intimacy beyond hand holds and hugs, but they are both ready for something emotional that they won’t ever have with anyone else. Carol is far too pushy and emotionally far beyond what Daryl is capable of. He’s on Beth’s emotional level. The writing this season, especially in the back eight, have really proven that. They bring something out of each other that no other characters in the show get to see from them. Odds are that Daryl won’t ever let anyone in the way he let Beth in ever again; he’ll still be close to his “prison survivor family,” but I doubt he’d want anyone else to see him the way Beth saw him. It took a LOT for him to get there with her — remember, they weren’t out there together for 2 days — it was more like several weeks, maybe longer. Their relationship formed very authentically and organically and I for one hope to see more of it in Season 5. I’m not opposed to a Daryl and Beth romance.

    I don’t trust anything the actors themselves say, especially Robert Kirkman, as they’ve blatantly lied to fans before when people got too close to the truth. They’re trying to cover up for their mistake when they posted their summary on AMC. Just look back at the mid-season finale when Kirkman said that Judith was dead and we won’t see the baby again, that it was more humane to kill her off screen — then we see tyreese with Judith, alive and well. They’re not opposed to twisting the truth or lying outright to protect their real intentions for characters and plot points.

    I hope the writers are brave enough to go this route with Daryl and Beth, though, especially if they were brave enough to bring up the Lizzie and Mika storyline (also inspired from the comics). As I said, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I respect that. I’m not saying anyone else’s opinion is wrong. If you want to believe what the actors/producers say, you’re welcome to and I won’t judge. If you want to believe Carol and Daryl will hook up despite her recent downward spiral and his recent ascension, feel free to do so without opposition here. I respect those opinions. So, please, all I ask is that you respect mine.

    • Domino

      Couldn’t have said it any better! Bravo!

    • Keirra

      Love this!!!! And Bethyl!!

    • Chandra M. Jordan

      Well said.

      • Rick Grimes

        His book is never going to come out. He got caught and pulled the plug. 😉

    • Kass

      Awesome post! I love bethyl so much, they are perfect go each other and you basically said everything I’ve been wanting to say.

      • Kass


    • LostSisGrimes

      BlueMagnolia, YEEEESSSS! Exactly! If you notice, Daryl always responds to anything sexual by pushing it away like a kid saying, “Eww, gross!” His emotional state is that of an adolescent due to his deprived childhood and possibly sexual abuse. Reedus has said that he plays Daryl with “absolutely no game” and does so brilliantly! Especially in “Alone”, his interactions with Beth become very innocent and boyish. I’d say they are about the same emotional level which makes their pairing understandable. While distasteful to our social norms now, all bets are off with the loss of society in the ZA. So, go for it Bethyl! They’ve done far more disturbing story lines than that.

      • S

        This is a really stupid response, honestly. What do social “norms” have to do with it in present day anyway? You shouldn’t listen to some societal idea of what’s right if you know it’s only “wrong” because it’s “taboo”. Beth is of age she can do whatever she wants legally anyway. Also I hope both these characters die soon. Carol, too.

        • Daryl Dixon

          My crossbow says otherwise

    • I fully agree on the emotional intimacy aspect with the (former, alleged ‘Bethyl’) Daryl – the forever man-child – related to young Beth, emotionally. And agreed, the silly piggyback, drinking game, and cabin burning incidents were entertaining at best. But they honestly set poor Daryl’s overall character backwards instead of forward – which we were witness to, the last 1-2 recent episodes (following Beth’s demise, and moving into Alexandria)

      From season 2, Carol became Daryl’s sole encouragement, support, and adult-balance, as their friendship evolved into a special relationship – through her ever-patient teachings of respect, honor, and trust.

    • Wow did I ever get defensive with the last comment (:
      You are correct about Emotional Relationship. Precisely what Daryl was slowly developing with late Beth (RIP). Understandably for Shippers it is tough to psychologically and otherwise separate the obvious variables. Beth brought the same to Daryl, what Carol spent nearly 3 seasons instilling within his emotional and mental conscience, but from slightly varied difference. Carol encouraged Daryl to become his own man, as he was not governed by Merle (RIP). He just needed to find himself and grow. After Merle died, Daryl had only Carol to emotionally lean upon, and her continued encouragement of him continuing his personal journey into manhood. No shame in being a late-bloomer (as Daryl ever proudly be. And a major aspect of what many fans and followers deem equally sexy and appealing about him)

      After the prison fell, Daryl had lost both Carol, and the only real family he’d known. Stuck on the road with young Beth, he didn’t know what to do with a teenage girl, but reluctantly made the best of it. Truthfully, Beth’s behavior was who he used to be, and was trying to mature out of. How ironic. Their conversations did touch on some very deep areas, but again, they had only each other for company. Beth forced Daryl to face his emotional barriers by accepting his losses, and dealing with them, instead of always turning aggressive or just walking away in a stew, and flipping the bird.

      Sadly a small part of Daryl indeed remains within the tough-witted, but lovable Manchild – still almost incapable of shouldering the adult responsibility or interest of actual Romantic relationship… Precisely why no actual Ship has occurred with him yet. He related to Beth on her youthful, innocence level – an area he was stripped of during his painful youth of child abuse.

  • kaierra

    No one has faith in Beth! Like she says in the episode, everyone sees her as a dead girl. That’s why I don’t think she’s going to die, she’s going to escape somehow I bet! I really love the idea of Bethyl!!!! They go together perfectly, they actually need eachother. They make eachother really happy!

  • anon

    Im all for this pairing. I think one is strong emotionally, one physically and this could help them be stronger overall. They both challenge and learn from eachother. This leaves room for a lot of character development

  • uhmyeah

    I DO think Beth is good for Daryl and I also think that a zombie apocalypse and being a survivor is a great equalizer when it comes to an age gap. Also (as far as TWD goes) we don’t know how old Daryl is. I don’t imagine Carol would take then entire thing at all well but I’m not going to suggest she’s completely off the tracks enough to take Beth out despite her decision to be judge/jury/executioner for the group (justified for PROVEN hazard Lizze, but NOT for Karen and David imho). I don’t object or approve of Carol based on age or whatever-however I think Daryl’s a romantic at heart and Carol’s a bit…okay, hugely… jaded when it comes to relationships and life in general.

  • Ginger

    Here is my ‘dissertation’ (yes, I got time in my hands when I did this), why Daryl and Beth would be a better love story than Twilight (or ‘Caryl’). 🙂

  • HforC

    NO. she already ruined Daryl’s character in still. it would be creepy and out of character

  • hexlinger

    Go Deth! It’s Brutal! It’s a Brutal world they’re living in now….I want the Deth fandom to start, just because I hate stereotypes. Do it AMC! Ya all ready upset me with Hershel’s Death…….now it’s time to upset the Daryl fangirls!!!!

  • Rick Grimes

    I hope Daryl, Beth, and Carol die during season 5. 🙂

    • Negan

      I hope I get to do the honors.

  • Lex

    I like the idea bethyl and I don’t think it is twilightish . The walking dead is its own show and is awsome

  • TiredofYouSh..

    In all honest, I can say that I’ve never really liked Carol. I don’t hate her, but I just don’t find her all that everyone says she is. That and she was always complaining about my baby Rick, which pissed me the hell off. Carol’s character development has me wanting to shoot her in the head. I love Bethyl, in all honest. And its true that Daryl throws away any sexual advances but those have all been from Carol. Sure, maybe Carol wants him, but he doesn’t see her in that way. And Daryl hasn’t become a bad character. His character has improved as he connected with others, especially Beth. I’m sorry to say (actually not really), but I don’t feel like 2 damaged people can actually fix themselves together, the shows angsty as it is. It doesn’t need anymore with a woman gone sociopath. Daryl and Beth are perfect together and there is no way that Daryl is even over the age of 40 because he was way younger than his brother and his brother was like 40 so either some people need to rewatch the shop or something because there is no way in heaven or hell that Daryl is 40.

    • Kristy Shelton

      Way younger than Merle? Yeah, where did you get your information from? Are you even watching the same show the rest of us are? Daryl is in his mid 30’s to early 40’s – look at his eyes. And Carol did not turn into a sociopath, she just understood that to make it in a world that was literally trying to kill you that sometimes you have to make hard choices. It helps if you can actually empathize with the character, which you apparently cannot. And she also apologized to Rick for complaining about him earlier on. So really, you’re just not wanting it to happen because you don’t like Carol – as you stated. We don’t need another 40 year old man dating a 17-18 year old girl. I’m sick and tired of that shit. You have Glenn and Maggie, a.k.a. = the younger romance. Let the older generation have something as well.

    • Kristy Shelton

      Also – damaged people have had remarkable relationships before. Sometimes that history of abuse and being able to share it with somebody who knows what it’s like can create a very strong bond. Rejecting someone because they’ve been abused is cruel. You’re a very cruel person if you think Daryl should forget what happened to him and confide in someone that can only ever understand him through the apocalypse. Carol can understand him within their shared histories of abuse.

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  • Knope

    I’ve always seen their relationship as a protective big brother that puts his new kid sister on a pedestal, wishing that he could have experienced life the way she did so he could also have an unfailing optimism too. And living with her is ideal because he cares about her; because she’s the only “home” he’s got left.
    Ruining that with sexual desire… it’s not only disturbing, but it ruins a self-less Daryl dynamic with “he just wants to get in her pants cause she’s young and hot… and there.” That is NOT Daryl. And if it becomes Daryl, I hope his face gets eaten off.
    Beth and Daryl is not a problem: writers PROMOTING a healthy romantic relationship between a young girl and a middle aged man is the problem. Because it gives this unspoken approval for teens to seek out older men, and older men to just help themselves, because the media approves of it: because it’s okay if it’s “love” folks! Something that responsible parents and guardians fear. Laws are in place for the protection of minors. Because there was a time when that wasn’t so and it was BARBARIC.
    To ignore this morality just because you want to live vicariously through one of the characters as they ravish Beth or Daryl and demand that no one judge you for it… hex to the no. Get help before you end up a jaded teen pregnancy statistic or a statutory rapist, please.

  • Constant flirting???? Hand holding???? Where in the world did this writer get that from? Beth/Daryl Tolerated each others company, until they settled at the mortuary (shortly before she got kidnapped). Writers need to get their facts straight. Not simply Imply crap. (yes we know … sex sells) Give us a break.
    That hand-holding bit was just the two of them standing in front of a grave marker reading “Father” – in homage to Hershel… Nothing more. And the piggyback part was Daryl being nice to Beth regarding her injured leg… Good Lord.

    • While I respect your opinion, it’s not a matter of getting the “facts straight.” Everyone is entitled to their own opinion regarding what constitutes “flirting.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t hold hands, or give picky back rides to any woman other than my fiance due to the fact that people would make the assumption that the behavior is flirtatious. Additionally, clearly I’m not the only person who made this assumption seeing as even someone FROM AMC wrote that in a blog post before realizing that it implied too much about the relationship. In the end, it doesn’t really matter anyway since Beth is dead and life goes on. Thanks for the comment though!

  • I suppose Sebastian didn’t stop to consider … naturally Daryl “opened up” to young Beth when they were alone on the road. He had no one else to talk to. And emotionally yes, he related to Beth on such level, as Daryl never knew adult nature and emotions until after Merle’s death (and Carol’s encouragement) And freakishly a smidge of man-child still remains within his nature. Perhaps he never will completely mature. Who knows. But enough with the Bethyl romance consideration. The outcome was changed for a reason ( no disrespect to Beth/EK and her death)

  • TWD

    Baryl Grixon 🙂

  • BigBitchyBertha

    A year later and this is still gross.