Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s heartbreaking episode of The walking dead. If you’d rather be crushed watching rather than reading, maybe put this recap aside for a spell.
If Sunday’s episode of The walking dead was an indication, that Daryl / Carol’s spinoff is going to be great. Note that “Find Me” wasn’t just about BFs – later we’ll see why an F had to be removed from BFFs. It was also Daryl’s years looking for Rick, Dog’s origin story and – well, what do you know? – a romance we never knew we had started let alone started and ended. Read on, and we’ll unbox the bundle.
“ MAKE ME A FAVOR AND DON’T TALK ALL THE TIME WE ARE HERE ” | As the hour began, Carol invited herself to Daryl and Dog’s hunting expedition by the river. And at first it was all fun and fun, the pals bickering like the old married couple they are deep down, about everything from Carol’s closeness to Daryl to his poor fish filleting technique. But then their speech got serious. Ominous, even. After what happened in Alexandria – and when they weren’t even there to defend their home – Carol suggested that “it was different, as if all that is good in the world is no longer in our hands. side”. So we rebuild, said Daryl. And if that happens again, they rebuild again. She didn’t like the odds. This world, she worried, would eventually catch up with them. Not if they didn’t let him, he replied. With that, Dog ran off, leading them to a cabin in the middle of the woods. It wasn’t the first time he or Daryl had been around, it turned out.
In a flashback from five years ago, we saw… Oh. My. Freakin ‘. God. We saw Dog as a puppy running towards Daryl in his campsite. “Where do you come from?” Daryl asked, taking a break from studying his river map. Soon after, he met Carol, who informed him of the latest events and wondered aloud how long he planned to search for Rick – it had been two years already. She would join him, she wanted him to know that, except that Ezekiel and Henry – really, the whole Kingdom – needed her. Daryl later spotted feet sticking out from under an overturned canoe. But it wasn’t Rick or even a walker Rick, just a walker. That night, not only did a rainstorm permeate Daryl’s map, but he was struck by lightning. Yeah, he wasn’t having a good day. A year later, Daryl followed a larger, older dog to a nearby cabin, where he took action to pull out a walker. But the occupant of the cabin (Bosch‘s Lynn Collins) did not want or need his help. And she wasn’t about to let the intruder go.
“ IT IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY, LIVING IN THE WILD ” | Back in the present, Dog showed Carol where more cards like Daryl’s were hidden under a loose floor. “Did she live here?” Carol asked. In fact, she had. Color us intrigued. What hadn’t Daryl told Carol about “her”? Returning to our last flashback, a now tied up Daryl timed a photo of his captor with a boy who was supposed to be his son. All Daryl had done, he explained, was follow Dog and try to help when he felt help was needed. When the woman chose to release him, he asked if she would tell him her name. No. As a post-apocalyptic storyline, it was a pretty cute encounter. Six months later, Dog visited Daryl again, and when he brought his four-legged friend back to his owner, he asked the woman to tell him the dog’s name, if not hers. “Dog? Is that all?” Daryl said. “Just a dog? … At least you won’t forget what he is.”
Their interaction was significantly warmer this time around. The woman not only smiled, she asked about the gash on Daryl’s forehead. When he shrugged his shoulders saying that living there had to catch up with everyone sooner or later, she replied the same thing he would do years later to Carol: “Only if you let him.” Eight months later, Daryl found himself fighting more walkers than he could handle. From nowhere there was a gunshot: the woman. Once the danger passed, as well as a close moment that found them both hiding face to face behind a tree, he barked at her to stay away from his camp. (Oh, those two!) As she walked away, she muttered, “My name is Leah.” Three months later, Daryl threw a catfish on his doorstep. What’s the kind of apology you’d expect from gruff Daryl, right? In response, Leah stomped all the way to her camp and threw it at her head. Ah, courtship! They groaned a bit, then she convinced him that sleeping in his cabin would be better than losing a hand to frostbite. That night, he woke up to find her hiding her son’s photo under the floor. “It’s her birthday today,” she said.
“ARE YOU STILL THE HERO, HUH?” | From there, Leah explained that she had formed the truly meaningful family in her life with her team, who she intended to stay with when the world went wrong. “They gave me hope, and I tried to give it to my son,” she said, straining to pronounce his name. “Matthew was my son.” She hadn’t given birth to him, her sister – “That’s what I called her, anyway” – had. “I lost him when he was born. What about Matthew? She had held on tight to him when the dead attacked their group. “The dog’s mom was next to me. She was pregnant, ”she added. Desperate, Leah had split from her family and ran with Matthew. It wasn’t until she reached the cabin that she noticed the little boy had been bitten. “I said goodbye to him the very day Dog was born,” she said. “I haven’t seen another soul here since. Not until you arrive. Who has Daryl lost? “My brother,” he replied. Aww.
After that, it was subtly clarified that Daryl and Leah had become a couple. But the honeymoon did not last long. Ten months later, she was angry that he was leaving for a few days and challenged him to decide where he belonged – looking for his brother by the river, back with the family he had left… or with her. ? “I don’t know,” he mumbled. “Yeah, yeah,” she replied. “Now choose.” The next day, Daryl informed Carol that he wasn’t packing to get home, he was just moving out. “I want you to find some peace,” she told him. “I don’t want to lose you because you don’t know when to stop.” Shortly thereafter, Daryl appeared to have a revelation and sent it back to Leah. But she had taken Matthew’s picture and was gone. (Why she would have left Dog, I can’t understand!) Before leaving with Dog, Daryl left a note on a card under the floor. “I am with you,” he wrote. “Find me.”
‘STOP THINKING ABOUT EVERY TIME YOU LOSE SOMEONE IT’S YOUR FAULT’ | In the present, Daryl admitted he didn’t know if Leah was dead or alive, and blamed himself for not being there for her. But it wasn’t her fault, Carol argued. Not Leah, Rick or Connie. “No, it’s on you,” he replied, “because you never know when to stop.” Carol accepted the blame but refused to be sorry for going after the horde or avenging Henry, “because I was right.” I don’t know if this is something that Carol would really say and certainly now is not the right time to say it. Anyway, from there, Daryl accused Carol of coming to hunt with him not because she wanted to help him, but because she wanted to run away from her guilt for what the Whisperers had. made in Alexandria. Hell, he never should have stopped Carol from running when she wanted to get back on that fishing boat (back in the Season 10 premiere, which seems like a lifetime ago). But she could run now, he said. “I know where I’m supposed to be. I won’t stop you this time.
Sadly, Carol decided that once again she was right. “Our luck has run out, you and me,” she said. Great emotional episode, right? Hit the comments with your review – plus do you think Leah could be out there somewhere? Could his squad have become – yikes – the Reapers?