The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride On Daryl & Carol: "There’s Obviously Some Kind Of Chemistry Between Those Two Characters"

With the season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead on the horizon, ComicBook.com has had the opportunity to speak with some members of the cast of the hit AMC drama in support of Season Five.

The interviews will run over the next week leading up to the premiere on October 12, but we're previewing a bit of material this weekend, including something from fan-favorite Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on the series.

We asked her whether it was odd, the way fans had rallied around the relationship between her character and Norman Reedus's Daryl Dixon, and made it a central narrative not only of both characters but of the show itself -- something bound to come up in most interviews.

Here's what she had to say:

It’s only odd in that nothing has ever been substantiated so a lot of it I feel like is the creation of the fans. There’s obviously some kind of chemistry between those two characters and part of that is that they have a lot in common as far as where they come from and the struggles that they’ve each experienced and tried to overcome and continue to in that post-apocalyptic world and they support one another because they understand that in one another. It’s like, let’s see how many steps forward we can get and if one goes backwards, one's there to pull them forward again. Keep an eye out for each other in that way.

So it’s a neat, sort of still-unspoken thing and it’s lovely to me, it’s very sweet. But no, this phenomenon thing, this whole shipping thing...the fans are just so incredibly passionate and it’s something they want to happen, or they’ve seen things that...I don’t know! I love it that they’re engaged but no, when you think of early on and then you see today how fervent people are about these hook-ups, I never would have seen that coming either.

Look for the full interview on October 9 (while we're traveling to New York Comic Con). The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

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    • Robin
    • 3 Posts in 23 Months

    It's most definitely not all the fans! You can see it in the story plain and simple as well as the chemistry that NR and MMB exude in every scene. Caryl are made for each other! It's love and nothing will convince me otherwise. 

    ETA: I also don't think that 8 million viewers who have picked up the same thing on this show can all be wrong. Just saying. 

  1. There is something there. If there wasn't, AMC and the powers that be wouldn't be using it to promote the show. Scott Gimple wouldn't have been bothered to give Caryl fans those scenes in the first two episodes of S4, knowing Carol and Daryl would be separated for the rest of the time. And they wouldn't have kept them apart at specific conventions to avoid all the attention and questions from the media.

    As far as I'm concerned all I did was take the bait the writers intentionally threw out there. Like they say, the early bird catches on to Caryl early...or something to that effect. This new season will help let the rest of the fans catch up.

    • Robin
    • 3 Posts in 23 Months

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    Anonymous5988 said ... (original post)

    There is something there. If there wasn't, AMC and the powers that be wouldn't be using it to promote the show. Scott Gimple wouldn't have been bothered to give Caryl fans those scenes in the first two episodes of S4, knowing Carol and Daryl would be separated for the rest of the time. And they wouldn't have kept them apart at specific conventions to avoid all the attention and questions from the media.

    As far as I'm concerned all I did was take the bait the writers intentionally threw out there. Like they say, the early bird catches on to Caryl early...or something to that effect. This new season will help let the rest of the fans catch up.

    Exactly!! They know exactly what they're doing with Caryl. They know what they are. We're not stupid. We know what's going on. And it's about frickin' time they come out and make it official.

    • Reaper
    • 3 Posts in 23 Months

    Carol and Daryl had a very real connection in season 2 and 3. No one with eyes can deny that.  The idea of romance came from the fans and after season 4, Daryl and Carol's bond is not as strong as it once was. I love that Melissa doesn't cater to the shipper fans and sticks to how she sees the characters.

    I need an interview with Norman, Danai and Alanna!

  2. Reaper said ... (original post)

    Carol and Daryl had a very real connection in season 2 and 3. No one with eyes can deny that.  The idea of romance came from the fans and after season 4, Daryl and Carol's bond is not as strong as it once was. I love that Melissa doesn't cater to the shipper fans and sticks to how she sees the characters.

    I need an interview with Norman, Danai and Alanna!

    We don't have any of those in the wings just yet, but we're working on talking to as much of the cast as we can between now and NYCC. ;)

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