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The Walking Dead Finally Confirms What Carol And Daryl Fans Always Suspected

There are plenty of relationships to pull for as AMC's "The Walking Dead" shambles into its final season, but few could hold a candle to the connection between Carol and Daryl. For one thing, their names rhyme. For another, they've already had their own spin off series approved by the network, so viewers can feel reasonably safe getting emotionally invested in them.

Even so, the course of surviving the zombie apocalypse never did run smooth, and "TWD" fans' favorite power couple has run across some choppy waters in recent days. Folks have been concerned, and the good people at the offices of Entertainment Weekly felt compelled to get to the bottom of things during an interview with showrunner Angela Kang.

Kang, understanding that it can be scary when adults fight, helped to deconstruct some of the leftover drama from season 10, promising that even when Carol and Daryl raise their voices and use strong language, they still love each other very much.

The Walking Dead is almost as scary as when grown ups fight

"They are best friends, but as with all true friendships, I think there are ups and downs and painful things that happen, and real conversations," Angela Kang said of the duo's new, tense dynamic. At the beginning of the show's eleventh season, she promised that Carol and Daryl "put aside some of the things they were struggling with. But at the same time, you feel they want to do their own thing for a minute. But when it comes down to it, they've always got each other's backs, which is something you'll see. But they're both grappling with the fallout from the things they went through in the previous block of episodes."

That's certainly understandable. At the end of season 10, fans were flabbergasted by Daryl and Carol's decision to go their separate ways, an emotional blow that hurt more than any wire-wrapped baseball bat blow to the head ever could. "Carol feels like she's got a lot she wants to make up for," Kang continued. "Whether or not there's something truly to make up for, she certainly feels like there is. So she has this drive to help Alexandria after Daryl accused her of wanting to run away. If anything, she's going to dig in. And I think for Daryl, he's got a lot of emotional terrain to travel and be the leader that he is and make really tough choices and try to deal with some wisdom he's gained over the years." One thing's for sure: "The Walking Dead" will have a stocked buffet of feelings to dig into during its final season.