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Will Daryl and Beth Get Romantic? Emily Kinney Weighs In!

daryl-beth-relationship-the-walking-deadCan you hear the blood curdling screams of fan girls around the country yet? After Beth and Daryl appeared to be getting a little touchy feely during Season 4, many fans speculated that Daryl had dropped Carol on her ass for a new, hot young thing. However, since Emily Kinney’s character Beth went missing during the latter half of Season 4, all we’ve had to go off of is fan theories and possible confirmations on the part of AMC.

But during an interview on The Talking Dead after Episode 4 (Slabtown) aired last Sunday, Emily Kinney weighed in on whether Beth and Daryl have more of a brother/sister connection or a blossoming, romantic relationship:

“I think that they don’t know yet,” said Kinney. “I think that Beth and Daryl were just starting to get to know each other in those episodes where they were off by themselves and then in the funeral home. When they were getting wasted and hanging around in the woods, I think they were just like still getting to know each other. And I think that moment back last season when they’re sitting there having their little food and everything, I think that moment is just a ‘What is this?’ We don’t know. We have this special connection. I don’t know.”

Doesn’t sound like a confirmation or denial to us, but there is always the possibility that this will never be explored further. There have been plenty of rumors floating around regarding Daryl’s questionable sexuality – which has the possibility of destroying the lives of fan girls around the world – depending on which way he swings.

Would you rather see a Carol/Daryl relationship or a Daryl/Beth relationship? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Dennis Patrick

Dennis is one of the founding members of TWD Enthusiasts Podcast. In his spare time, you can find him playing video games and working with online media. He eats Taco Bell on the regular.
  • Samantha Faith

    Carol and Daryl. Beth and Daryl is just disturbing, not to mention pairing him with the most useless character is a horrible choice and an insult to his character.

    • Tina Lamonica

      Ur disturbing. The two shy introverted characters have a beautiful story to tell. The have shed demons shared dreams and reaffirmed who they r with one another. They make each other better and happy. They went out of their comfort zones for one another and there is an underlying u complete me to those two. They learned from one another and unexpectedly fell in love w everything about each other. Emily kinney has once again proved she can not only carry ab ep and beth is a strong character inherent own right. She proves herself and daryl right. She can survive wout loosing who she is. Hopeful moral people r necessary in that dark sad setting. Beth and betyl will be around for a long time so brace Urself. I’m lovin every minute. The only ones who offend the brilliant writers and actors potraying a clear epic love story (not ambiguous) r those who have their own agenda for these character. Ninety nine percent who actually appreciate what we watch and the story we r told know what we r seeing. Either enjoy watching or dont but stop the offensive meaningless attacks on those who love beautiful story telling. The horror genre is an added bonus. The whole series is about human relations. Pay attention ur missing a lot.

      • Samantha Faith

        Yeah I know what it’s about, I’ve read the comics, but an annoying character is not a good thing. I called their relationship disturbing because that would literally make him a pedophile.

        • soprano#1

          She was legally 18. Now she is probably 19. Also, in a ZA, all social norms are pretty much thrown out the window. Way back in the day, it was not uncommon for a young lady to marry a much older man.

          • Samantha Faith

            That doesn’t make it right. It’s sick.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry i just had to say this but…You’re the only annoying one. Beth and Daryl are an awesome couple. More people would like to see them two together. I know it for a fact. Sorry Carol….
          She and Daryl just don’t click like Beth does with him.

          • Samantha Faith

            I’m not going to support pedophilia because it’s popular. Beth has to get Daryl drunk to get him interested. Carol just talks to him and he loves her. Didn’t you see their reunion? Beth could never.

          • Dustin

            WTF LOL are you two seriously arguing over who is with who in a show and how it’s right or wrong? Samantha you seriously need to go get laid or stoned… something

          • Samantha Faith

            Did you read the article? That’s what it’s about. “Would you rather see a Carol/Daryl relationship or a Daryl/Beth relationship? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.” I explained why Bethyl would be a disgusting relationship and why Caryl makes much more sense.

            I have a fiance, so don’t you worry about my sex life, not that it’s your business. But I don’t do drugs, no thanks! 🙂

        • Barb

          Caryl shippers calling Daryl a pedophile is asinine, considering the actor who plays him has dated women that young. So calling Daryl a pedophile is calling the actor in your favorite ship, one too.

      • Alexandra

        I know this comment is old, but I love that time proved people like you wrong for going and mouthing off on others. There was no “epic love story” after all – the people who never saw any of that and didn’t think there would be any Bethyl were right all along. Beth and Bethyl didn’t last for a long time…she died. Use this as a lesson to not come at others just because they don’t predict the same things as you do, especially when they are right.

    • Tina Lamonica

      Also beth was sting enough to battle a racist, kill 25 walkers w a head shot by flashlight, stomp and chest kick them and give the Rick smile and head tilt while confronting the lying doctor. I think that is far from useless. She does not have to survive at the expense of the weak (an injured Noah) and actually saves him unlike another character we know. Only her attempt to sacrifice the weak it’s seen as badass. This is quite hypocritical and clearly because some r angry that their story is not being told. I am quite happy with the actual story since scene 1 ep 1. because last time I checked the paid writers r in fact the talents not some who completely and intentionally misconstrue lines to fit their agendas. Don’t watch if u r dissatisfied. People w moral codes and good hearts r not weak. Those who think so should reevaluate priorities.

      • Alexandra

        Well, I hope you’re still quite happy with the actual story still considering the actual story in S5 had no Beth/Daryl interaction or romance at all…hmm.

    • Michele

      I have to say, I agree with everything you said.

      • Samantha Faith

        Thanks. I’m glad someone sees it the same way I do! 🙂

        • Mare

          I also agree. Regardless if she’s 18, 17 or whatever, I feel she is way too young to be a ‘companion’ to someone Daryl’s age. An instant gratification ‘girl toy’ perhaps but doubt anything deep or lasting. Carol is by far a better match with more commonalities I think

        • Barb

          If Daryl wants children, which I’m sure he does since Judith was born, how compatible is Carol?

          • Samantha Faith

            Women in their 40’s can have children. But having a baby was clearly an incredibly stupid decision. I wouldn’t call Lori or Shane “smart”.

          • Barb

            Women beyond child-bearing age, cannot have a baby without the assistance of a doctor, or a surrogate. I doubt whether any woman is going to take that risk for the hell of it. There would be no donor eggs available due to loss when electricity failed throughout the country. No medicine to control blood pressure, contractions and a vast number of other problems associated with a “high-risk” pregnancy. If you don’t repopulate, then there’s no need for sex, or romance. It’s just a mater of survival, not living. Lori’s death was brought on by circumstances beyond their control do to Andrew’s actions. She most likely would have survived otherwise.

  • tarzanandjane

    Daryl and Beth their story was left hanging. Hope she makes it past the hospital story.

  • Jade

    Daryl and Carol for sure. Beth and Daryl is creepy. Beth is 18, Daryl’s in his mid 30’s-early 40’s. So no thanks. It would be really weird and uncomfortable to watch someone get in a ” romantic relationship ” with someone who could be her father.
    PS: Have you noticed that all of Beth’s boyfriends die? Jimmy… Zach…
    I also think that Daryl and Carol have more in common, and just seem to be a better fit for eachother overall.

    • anonymous

      So,maybe Daryl won’t die..maybe he’ll make the change in Beth’s life. Just as she surely makes one in his. He’ll finally be her BF or lover who won’t die, because he’s way to darn good at surviving. She and Daryl makes a perfect match. Carol can be the nanny who takes care of the infants and children in the group.

      • Samantha Faith

        Carol and Daryl are much closer in age. More like Beth will be the baby who always cries that they have to look after every second.

        • Barb

          I seem to remember her crying when she discovered Luke’s bloody shoe in the middle of that walker attack, and yes, she started crying. She was also crying in the country club because she was reminded of her father, who had been beheaded in front of her the day before. She was also crying at the prison when she told her sister she knew their father had gone to treat the infected because the other doctor came down with the flu. Shame on Beth for crying in those instances. Nobody else would. And shame on her for being “bubbly” or for singing when she should have been moping around, depressed, contemplating killing people. These are not valid reasons to call any 18 year old a child.

  • Ace

    Daryl and Beth! Beth has grown stronger and has learned things from Daryl. She’s not some useless character anymore. Daryl has also gotten some hope from Beth. Without her he seemed lost until he found Rick and the group. But even now Daryl is still looking for Beth because nobody could give him that spirit like she did. Plus he might like protecting her. It might make him feel more manly. Carol doesn’t need help, she is now strong enough to defend herself. Also it seems as though Carol doesn’t want the help or just anybody with her at all. It would be interesting (and exciting) to see Beth and Daryl’s relationship grow.

  • Michele

    Carol and Daryl. Closer in age, more in common. Plus every guy Beth dates gets killed off. Don’t want Daryl dying.

    • Barb

      Daryl seems to be doing a darn good job putting Beth in a precarious situation.

  • Barb

    You can’t be a TWD fan and make the most stupid comments imaginable in TWDverse. This type of relationship has already been written both in the show and the comic book series, as well as throughout Hollywood and history, if someone bothered to get an education.

    • Mare

      Not so much a matter of education, but there are in fact some of us who have not read the comic book series purely out of the fact of not being a comic book enthusiast and would rather entertain ourselves with a television series…..besides there is no right or wrong or NON education when it comes to a discussion forum on a common interest of our. Each person’s opinion should be respected not judged. As in our REAL lives there are going to be people we don’t care for-that’s just how it is

      • Barb

        Since TWD has announced it’s going to follow the comic books more closely in this and the next season, you can have all the uninformed opinion you want, it doesn’t matter. If this type of relationship “discussed,” and I use that term loosely, is “sick, disgusting, disturbing, horrible, insulting, weird, creepy, uncomfortable, parental, pedophiliac, annoying,” I wonder what other types of relationships are considered taboo, in someone’s opinion. Some better get used to it, because there won’t be a Carol and Daryl romance, their decision. TWD is going to introduce relationships with some of it’s more popular characters, I’m sure won’t be “popular, normal, everyday, a better fit, compatible,” to the more highly opinionated. It’s one thing to be opinionated. It’s quite another, when the opinion is filled with hypocrisy.

        • Samantha Faith

          I read the comics, and I shipped Dale and Andrea, but Andrea was an adult. It’s so obvious that Carol and Daryl have so much more chemistry.

          • Barb

            Carol stated she’d thought of Daryl as a boy. Where is the chemistry in that? Why would a mature women even be attracted to someone she thought of as childish and immature?

          • Barb

            Then why hasn’t anything happened. The writers have had 3 1/2 seasons to put a pen to this so called romance, shippers stand by and they haven’t. I’m sure Caryl fans believe that with Beth’s “death,” it clears the way for this to happen but it’s not going to. Gimple stated there would be no Caryl romance back in early August. I know the reunion teased, but that’s all it’s been. These characters are good friends and nothing more.

      • Barb

        Non-education comes in the form of using the term “pedophilia,” and not knowing the definition. This is WRONG! And it adds absolutely nothing to a discussion.