So we’ve finally seen just a smidge of the thing that most Bethyl shippers are craving for, some Daryl/Beth interaction because let’s face it… so far they’ve had none.
And I liked their scene together. I liked because it showed Daryl taking responsibility for somebody that was under his wing. He inately assumes that he’s responsible for the people that he takes with him and is meant to bring them home to the people that care about them. In this particular case he’s not only responsible for the kid’s life, but also for Beth’s feelings.
Beth shows us that she’s become more jaded. You could say she’s stronger now, more mature, but I personally take it as cynicism. Like Carl last season, that girl needs a serious intervention.
Now, the thing about the Daryl/Beth scene in terms of shipping and people going crazy over their interaction… A KID JUST FUCKING DIED. Now I know this is TWD and people die all the fucking time, but I see shippers going crazy over Beth and Daryl sharing a hug, when she hugged him cause HER FUCKING BOYFRIEND JUST DIED. I personally don’t see anything remotely romantic in their hug. A kid died, and they shared their pain over that trauma because they both knew him and cared about him. The way i see it beth hugged him because she appreciated him coming personally to tell her.
Sometimes a hug is just a friendly hug man.
It irks me because it’s almost like some people are happy Zach died just so you could have Beth hug Daryl. Do you honestly think anybody in the Caryl fandom was HAPPY Merle got zombified, JUST so we could see Carol comforting Daryl? I certainly wasn’t.
You can say this is a start, you can say this is the beginning of something that is not yet formed, but you can’t possibly say that Bethyl at this time is as valuable as Caryl for these characters. Bethyl has just as much legitimacy as Caryl, but not the same value.
People SHOULD ship certain couples because they genuinely think that relationship has POSITIVE effects on the lives of both characters, not because “they look cute together”.
If you can’t argue on behalf of your ship, if you can’t come up with any reasons for them to be together other than the vague: “But they’re so perfect for each other” or “they eyefucked each other that one time in that alternate universe” then don’t give me that “all ships are created equal” BS .
I believe ships based on anything less than positive relationship models are toxic. Meaning, if you ship characters that don’t fit together, that are BAD for each other, you are more likely to lash out on other ships.
That’s why the Vampire Diaries fandom is overrun with shipping wars. Of course a human girl shouldn’t be in a relationship with a vampire. That’s fucking stupid and dangerous!
It is my sincere humble opinion, and just my opinion, that people that ship like this don’t really care about what’s best for the characters, they care about their own romantic fantasies which they superimpose on certain characters. And then you sacrifice a character’s potential to grow and change for the sake of your own gratification.
I’m sure there are genuine reasons to ship Bethyl, but I don’t see them and I hope somebody can explain them to me. Can it happen somewhere down the line? Sure, why not, anything is possible. But the fact that people are writing fanfiction about Beth carrying Daryl’s baby and whatnot is genuinely flabbergasting for me. And this started happening way before this episode ever aired.
Maybe it’s just the nature of tumbr that adds to this. Tumblr is all about exaggeration and interaction. You exaggerate your opinions and feelings to draw attention and then you interact with the people who have their own exggerated opinions and feelings. OF COURSE THINGS ESCALATE FAST.
But the thing that pisses me off about Bethyl: We’ve had 3 seasons of character development for Carol and Daryl, 3 seasons of them growing closer together, having genuine moments together, learning from one another… and apparently that has 0 value to some people. Even though, that’s the exact type of crap we should be seeing in romantic fiction. The idea of changing, evolving, growing. But fuck all that. Beth is cute! And she can sing!
If you don’t like Caryl, that’s fine. But for me right now, when it comes to Daryl, it’s either Carol or nobody. Somewhere down the line, it can be anybody. I don’t even ship Carol and Daryl romantically. I’m happy with whatever kind of relationship they have. In fact, I’m happiest with the “they love each other but they are not in love” description.
Those are just my thoughts on the matter and I didn’t tag this Bethyl because I don’t want to offend anybody.