While Richonne fans got their way when Rick and Michonne finally let that fan 'ship set sail in Season 6, Daryl's love life has yet to reach next-level status. Among his worthy suitors, according to fan enthusiasts, are/were Beth and Carol, the two women the notorious introvert warmed up to most throughout the series. But Beth died before anything could really happen between them, and he and Carol seem to be perpetually stuck in the friend zone (so far).
However, the showrunners have trickled in a few swoony nuggets along the way for both teams over time. For example, the Cherokee Rose Daryl gave Carol in Season 2, after finding them in the woods during a search for her lost (and, unfortunately, dead) daughter Sophia, symbolized hope that they might find the girl alive and introduced a softening of his character. The same flower popped up again in Season 6 when Daryl was lost in the woods and injured. Meanwhile, some fans took it to mean a lot that Beth and Daryl were surrounded by pine trees in a Season 4 episode featuring them together because, since they hadn't yet consummated their budding relationship, they were pining for one another, and the backdrop seemed to serve as a subtle wink to that fact.