THE Walking Dead may be set against a zombie apocalypse, but it’s not all bleak for the survivors in season 10.
In fact, showrunner Angela Kang has promised multiple relationships will be taken to the next level, with the latest pair under the microscope being Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride).
As two of the originals in Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) squad, the walker-slaying duo have seen their fair share of heartache, both losing family members close to their hearts.
Now it looks like they’ll turn increasingly to each other for support as the group take on their latest threat, the Whisperers.
“We’re going to see a lot of Daryl and Carol in season 10. Both together in stories, as well as pursuing their own paths,” Kang explained.
“Carol will be, surprisingly, not exactly in the same place she was emotionally when we ended last season,” she continued to Entertainment Weekly.
“The child that she adopted and raised into teenager-hood died at the hands of Alpha and that crushed her. And we’ll see what that does to her over the course of the season as she’s pursuing revenge against this person.”
Kang noted that Daryl would have to adapt in his own way to support Carol down the path of closure and acceptance.
She also addressed the fact that many fans have called for a romance between the pair, but stressed that wouldn’t necessarily define their relationship.
“Obviously there’s a lot of fans that wish for more, [but] even if Daryl and Carol’s journey does not lead to the romantic destination so many viewers have desired, in many ways the two are even closer than that as friends,” she went on.
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“They have just this special bond. They both came from trauma and from nothing. There’s some really deep stuff between them. There’s funny stuff and then there’s stuff that gets pretty hairy. They’re just kind of on this adventure together.”
It’s not just Carol and Daryl who’ll be taking their bond to the next level.
Kang also confirmed that Michonne and Ezekeil – who was previously with Carol – would be embarking on their own love story.
This comes after the pair were shown locking lips in the trailer for the upcoming season.
The Walking Dead season 10 kicks off on 6 Oct on AMC in the US, and 7 Oct on Fox in the UK.