Daryl comforted Carol when she lost her daughter Sophia
One of the few highlights of season 7 was the couple's reunion at the cottage outside the Kingdom where Carol was staying. Daryl didn't tell his friend about the death of Glenn and Abraham at Negan's hands because he knew she was suffering from some kind of mental breakdown.
A rare highlight in season 7
The weakest part of the writing though was that Daryl didn't kill Richard there and then for trying to use Carol to lure Negan and his Saviours into an ambush at Carol's cottage.
That task fell to Morgan after Richard got his child protege Benjamin killed by Negan's thugs.
Richard talks to Carol about taking down the Saviors
Richard thinks all the talk of violence will upset Carol. Little does he know.
Morgan responds by telling Richard that Carol's probably the best fighter they have.
I don't know about you, but both Carol centred incidents made me smile.
Let's be honest, there wasn't much to smile about in the rest of season 7 especially the wretched first half of that gloomy season, including that depressing Daryl episode.
If The Walking Dead needs more screen time for the characters we really care about, that means seeing more of this interesting pair and cutting the less popular characters.
Reunions between Carol and Daryl are sweet