The fourth season of the critically acclaimed AMC drama "The Walking Dead" premiered this week, and the new season will focus more on the individual characters than the group as a whole. On Monday, October 14 Wetpaint Entertainment posted spoilers about the future of fan favorite Daryl Dixon, and whether he will have a love interest or two this season.
Since early in season two, it seems that fellow survivor Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) did some flirting at the prison, including joking about fooling around together. Carol's husband was killed off in season one and Daryl never had anyone but his older brother Merle, who died in season three. Many fans have gotten behind a romance between Carol and Daryl and even Reedus seemed to think it would be an interesting dynamic for his character.
However, the premiere episode of season four revealed that Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) may actually have a crush on Daryl. After her boyfriend is killed on a run, Daryl breaks the news to Beth that he didn't make it and she doesn't even seem upset. She gives Daryl a long hug and is happy that he is safe. It's possible that these two just share a similar world view about how to deal with loss.
It was sort of hinted last season that Beth might have a crush on Rick, when really she was happy that Maggie was rescued safely. The relationship between Daryl and Beth might turn out the be a big brother and little sister type of friendship, which show runner Scott Gimple mentioned on the AMC after series "Talking Dead" would be explored more this season.
The softer side of Daryl has yet to really be explored on the series, and his character has really stepped up in the past two seasons as Rick's right hand and a real leader for the group to have supplies and live safely. Carol has even given the man the nickname Pookie and the two seem pretty close when they work together to help all the survivors in the prison.
The second episode of season four, "Infected," will air Sunday, October 20 at 9 p.m. on AMC. Tune in to find out if Daryl gets infected by the new illness since he recently shook hands with Patrick. The illness will be a new threat to the survivors and another deadly problem.
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