Daryl Dixon/Carol Peletier
|Pairing:||Daryl Dixon/Carol Peletier|
|Alternative name(s):||Daryl/Carol, Caryl|
|Fandom:||The Walking Dead (TV series)|
|Canonical?:||Friendship (yes) |
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Daryl Dixon/Carol Peletier, commonly known as Caryl, is a popular het pairing in The Walking Dead television series fandom. Their canon relationship is complex — some fans (especially those shipping Bethyl) see them as having a mother/son dynamic (despite the actors being only a couple of years apart in age); a lot of the fans see them as emotional with romantic undertones.
Whether it’s romantic or platonic in nature the bond that these two characters share has always been deeper and more profound than anything else we have seen either of them share with the others in the group.
They started out almost at the same place with shared pain and history and since then the partnership and the seamless way they operate and compliment one another is one of the biggest reasons why even those outside the shipping community recognize them as “paired” up in one way or another.They have always been “Daryl and Carol” and their association with one another has survived numerous emotional blows that could have easily eroded and damaged any of the other more “traditional” relationships. Theirs has never been an idyllic “coupling” but there is something to be said about the fact that even though the angst between them seems almost natural, they continually seek one another for comfort, understanding and relief.CARYL - The Direction Stays the Same - sanjamac
- In 2017 Daryl Dixon/Carol Peletier was the 3rd most popular Walking Dead pairing on Archive of Our Own.
Common Tropes in Fanworks
- No Zombie Apocalypse AU - A lot fanfics are written as AUs where the zombie apocalypse never happened. In most of those Carol's daughter Sophia is also alive. They often still deal with the abusive relationship with Ed at the very beginning, as Carol gets out of her toxic marriage. In some Ed is already out of the picture (dead or otherwise) and Carol is moving on.
- Sophia - Some fics deal with Sophia's death in season two. Sometimes the writers choose to deviate from canon and have Daryl find Sophia before it's too late. A lot of fics written around the time seasons 2 and 3 aired focused on the way Daryl and Carol grew closer because of his quest to find her daughter.
- Carol's Banishment - often present in Fix-It fics where Daryl brings Carol back to the prison, or leaves after her.
- Abuse - Past abusive relationships of both Daryl (Daryl's father and/or brother) and Carol (her husband) often play an important part in fanfics, with a lot of writers addressing the characters painful past one way or another.
- Prison or Alexandria Safe Zone: Set within either the Prison or the Alexandria Safe Zone, providing a calm environment during the Zombie Apocalypse to develop Daryl and Carol's relationship.
Popular Side Pairings in Caryl Fics
In fanfics that center around Daryl and Carol, writers often incorporate side pairings that serve either as supporting characters/pairing or are a secondary focus of the fic. Most popular side pairings are canon pairings of Rick Grimes/Lori Grimes (sometimes with the canon storyline of Shane Walsh/Lori Grimes and Rick Grimes/Shane Walsh/Lori Grimes love triangle) and Glenn Rhee/Maggie Greene.
Slash pairings are rarely present as side pairings in Caryl fics.
Challenges and Activities
- Fans against the Caryl pairing are sometimes called ABC Shippers ("Anyone but Carol") or ABD Shippers ("Anyone but Daryl")
Caryl vs Bethyl War
- For main article see: Caryl vs Bethyl
Starting with season 4, a conflict developed between some Caryl shippers and fans who were shipping Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon that escalated to a Ship War so big that even actors and creators of the show became aware of it. A Caryl-centric Tumblr tag Operation Levity is a direct result of that war.
- Broken Mirrors by theramblinrose. A No Zombie Apocalypse AU fic
- Sweet Junction by theramblinrose. A No Zombie Apocalypse AU fic
- Snake by Axelrocks. A High School AU
- On the wings of a fallen angel by SpikesSlayer08.
- Chance Encounters (offline) by EnglishPoet18
- There are Monsters in the Mirror by Haitus80
- Carol is sterile and Daryl is feral, a match made in hell!, Archived version by hella-queen-helena. Drawing referencing an interview with Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus and the song they came up with about the pairing.
- Caryl Kiss, Archived version by Pasita
- ColorPencils painted Otp owo, Archived version by Pasita
- 5x02 episode tag by stuff-so-far, crack comic
- Protective!Daryl, Archived version animated drawing by stuff-so-far
- “I warned you, pookie!!”, Archived version episode tag by veronikalovesthis
- Daryl & Carol, Archived version by jwcloudcaryl
- Carol and Daryl, Archived version art by veronikalovesthis
- 101 Reasons To Ship Carol + Daryl by margeya1. A ship manifesto vid.
- Carol & Daryl Crack!vid by HuddyElectra, a meta Crack!vid
- You+Me by adelicateflower08
- Maybe by gracefull mess
- What's a Soulmate? by blessed cohan
Archives and Communities
- Nine Lives, a Dark Solace Caryl Fanfiction Archive
- USS Caryl, Tumblr blog
- Daryl x Carol livejournal community
- Cherokee Roses Daryl & Carol fanlisting
- Caryl World Forum
- Daryl Dixon/Carol Peletier tag at Archive of Our Own
- Stories marked Daryl D. + Carol at FanFiction.Net
- Tumblr Tags: Daryl x Carol, Carol x Daryl, Caryl