‘The Strolling Useless’: Daryl’s in Love — And It is Not With Who You Assume (RECAP)

[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10, Episode 18, “Find Me.”]

All through 10 seasons of The Strolling Useless, one query has resurfaced time and again: When will Daryl (Norman Reedus) find yourself in a relationship? The present typically performs up his lack of romantic attachments and the chemistry he has with each Carol (Melissa McBride) and Connie (Lauren Ridloff).

So, should you’re a “Caryl” or “Donnie” ‘shipper, “Discover Me” may really feel out of left area.

The episode takes place at an outdated cabin Daryl has gone to with Carol, and its earlier occupant brings again a flood of recollections. They heart on a girl named Leah (Lynn Collins), who he met over the six-year time leap. She was Canine’s earlier proprietor and, yep, she’s The One.

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When Daryl Met Leah

Carol accompanies Daryl on a looking journey, and all appears high-quality till Canine takes off into the woods, barking. The duo path after him and discover he’s gone to a rickety outdated cabin, one which Daryl will not be happy about coming into. Carol’s none the wiser about his historical past with the place till she finds a field hidden beneath the floorboards with a be aware inside and asks him, “She lived right here?” Carol, it appears, is aware of one thing we don’t.

We then find out how they met in flashback: Daryl is following the river to seek for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) when Canine — who he’s assembly for the primary time — leads him to the cabin. He barges in and comes face-to-face with Leah. She factors a gun at him and calls for to know who he’s. “I’m leaving,” Daryl says. She responds, “No, you’re not.” After some back-and-forth about whether or not she ought to kill him, she decides to let him go.

All the time the Hero

Six months later, they run into one another when Canine enters Daryl’s camp. He brings him again to Leah. They chat for a bit about not letting the lifeless world “catch up” to them, and that’s that. Besides they run into one another once more, eight months after that, once they discover themselves working from the identical group of walkers on the outskirts of his makeshift dwelling within the woods. They wind up in awkwardly shut proximity — a traditional rom-com trope — and as soon as they’re protected, Daryl tells her to avoid his camp. They bicker about staying away from one another — one other traditional trope — and find yourself staying in the identical cabin.

There, we get Leah’s tragic backstory. She didn’t have a superb household life earlier than the apocalypse, and he or she misplaced the one individuals she cared about when the world ended. After which she misplaced her sister, and her sister’s youngster, and yearly on that youngster’s birthday, she’s totally damaged. She asks Daryl who he misplaced. He tells her he misplaced his brother, and says he gained’t cease wanting till he finds out what occurred to him. “You’re at all times the hero, huh?” she says. Over time, they type an intimate emotional and bodily relationship.

Ten months later, although, issues aren’t so rosy. Leah’s not pleased that Daryl spends a lot time on the lookout for Rick, and he or she doesn’t need him to separate his time between the search, his household in Alexandria, and her. She asks him the place he belongs, and he says he doesn’t know. “Yeah, you do,” she says. “Now select.”

He goes to see Carol, and he or she tells him she gained’t have the ability to go to him anymore (at this level, she’s too busy with the Kingdom and Ezekiel [Khary Payton]). “I don’t wish to lose you out right here,” she says. “I don’t wish to lose you since you don’t know when to cease.”

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Our Luck’s Run Out

Daryl goes again to the cabin, however Leah’s gone. Canine’s there, although, and he’s pleased to see his good friend. When Leah doesn’t come again, Daryl leaves her a be aware in a field: “I belong with you,” it reads, “discover me.” With that, he takes Canine and tries to seek out Leah, however he can’t.

Within the current, Carol tries to inform Daryl that what occurred to Leah wasn’t his fault and that he didn’t “stroll away” from her. She consoles him by saying not one of the losses he’s suffered are his fault: not Rick’s, not Connie’s. That strikes a nerve with Daryl, who lashes out by blaming her for what occurred to Connie.

“No, that’s on you, since you by no means know when to cease,” he says, throwing her phrases again at her. They each get offended. He says he’s uninterested in having “the identical dialog” together with her. She says he ought to’ve let her go away. “You wish to run, run,” he says. “I do know the place I’m alleged to be. I gained’t cease you this time.” Carol can’t maintain again tears, and he or she says their luck has run out.

Different Observations

  • This episode is complicated. The entire “Daryl’s love life” matter has been constructed up for years, and TWD addresses it not solely in a single episode, however as a flashback?!
  • On that topic, how are we meant to understand Leah’s ultimatum? It’s arduous to see it as something however manipulative, given how deeply we all know Daryl cares for his household. In the event that they’ve been in a relationship all this time, she ought to know that, too — however she nonetheless principally calls for he decide her as a substitute of them. Was there not a strategy to compromise? If this present needs me to root for Daryl and Leah, it’s going about it mistaken.
  • Additionally bizarre: Hadn’t Daryl gotten over the cave and Carol’s connection to Connie’s disappearance? Within the season finale, they had been again to hugging one another and comforting one another and speaking about New Mexico. This appears like manufactured drama for the sake of drama.

The Strolling Useless, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

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