A new photo confirms a reunion of the fan favorite zombie-killing duo of Carol and Daryl in an upcoming episode of season 8 of The Walking Dead. The photo shows the pair armed to the teeth and ready for action. The photo also features Daryl's motorcycle. This image is also the first to be released since filming for season 8 began in May.
Fans are hoping that the two characters will receive more screen-time together, following a season where the pair spent most of their time apart. With Carol (played by Melissa McBride) spending much of season 7 living in isolation in a house near the Kingdom, and Daryl (played by Norman Reedus) spending part of the season locked up by Negan, there was only limited interactions between the two over the course of season 7.
The pair finally had an emotional reunion in the tenth episode of Season 7, "New Best Friends", when Daryl learned Carol's whereabouts from Richard. When Daryl realized that Carol left due to the pain of losing people, Daryl chose not to tell her about the deaths of Glenn and Abraham at the hands of Negan. Things have changed since then, as the following image from The Walking Dead season 8 (via EW) reminds us.
Suspicious about Daryl's behavior during his visit, Carol uncovered the truth from Morgan, which led her to participating in the battle against the Saviors. It was this battle in The Walking Dead season 7 finale that finally reunited the main characters. Season 7 gave us multiple storylines to follow which took place in Alexandria, the Kingdom, and the headquarters of the Saviors. No longer fractured, Rick's group is finally together again, ready to stand up against Negan and the Saviors in season 8.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple spoke to EW about the characters unifying against Negan and the experience of seeing the group reunite:
The season finale last year, seeing all the characters together interacting as one, was thrilling. It was exciting to see all these configurations of characters we hadn’t seen before. Even Aaron merely giving Jerry an apple felt satisfying.
Gimple claims that season 8 will give fans even more moments like those. "This is that times a million," says Gimple, in comparing the Season 7 finale to what fans have to look forward to in the upcoming season.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC this October.
Source: Entertainment Weekly