Okay, here’s something I never really understood and it has bugged me for a while. First of all, can we all agree that Daryl and Axel looked the same age? (In real life, Norman Reedus is 44 and Lew Temple is 46). So, we do agree? Alright. Now, let me get to the point I want to make. It’s really interesting how those two characters, who share approximately the same age, can create opposite reactions from similar events. Axel had been asking about Beth’s age, clearly trying to scan the territory concerning his chances with the few females around the prison. Beth answered she was 17. It didn’t throw him off but Carol then stopped him and said it wasn’t appropriate for him to do. He looked pretty innocent and didn’t seem like the kind of guy who would force Beth into things she didn’t want to do. He just admitted that he missed having women around after being sequestered for a long while. He didn’t do anything to Beth but yet, he was called a pedophile for asking her age in the first place. I recall people calling Axel a disgusting man for showing interest in a teenager. I don’t remember anyone actually thinking Axel and Beth would be a great idea. People were always talking about the age difference, mentioning how Beth was way too young for getting into something like that. The pedophile thing followed Axel for quite a long time.
Then we have Daryl showing absolutely no interest in Beth whatsoever, barely interacting with her in the first place. Beth gives him a comfort hug one time and everything explodes. Beth is no longer too young to get involved with a middle-aged man. She became a woman overnight and she can suddenly handle it. Daryl is not considered as a pedophile, he is now a potential love interest. Now, explain me something. Why people didn’t allow Axel the same courtesy? Even more so since he was really interested in Beth while Daryl wasn’t? Obviously, Beth doesn’t have feelings for neither of them but I just wonder why it’s okay if she wants to get with Daryl but it’s not if she might have said yes to Axel. After all, Axel was a good guy. He did show his worth over time. He might have done just as much shit as Daryl in the past but he had a good heart too. But you know what? Since he wasn’t Daryl, the ultimate fan favorite, he was doomed right away. He simply didn’t stand a chance, no matter how unfair it is.
And then, we have the situation with Carol. After understanding Carol was available (and not a lesbian!), Axel tried to put his moves on her. They teased each other in a very friendly way, never going overboard or anything like that. People were willing to ship it. They thought it was cute that they were sharing some lighthearted moments together. Axel was never considered too young for Carol. People actually believed they were the same age and that they were very cute together. I never heard a single complain about them being a potential romantic pair. But then, we have Daryl who shows obvious signs that he cares for Carol ever since season 2 and they share some meaningful moments together. Carol clearly loves him and shows obvious interest to start something more. And you know what? Some people find it gross. Carol is suddenly too old for him and it doesn’t work at all. She is even considered as a mother figure to him. So, please explain this to me once again. Why was it okay to ship Axel with Carol but totally disgusting to ship her with Daryl? Why with one she is a love interest and with the other she is a mother figure? That’s what I really don’t understand. Do you see how twisted it is? Honestly, I don’t care about age when I ship people together but I’m just totally over the double standards here. I keep reading that Carol is too old for Daryl but Beth will do just fine. If it was Axel in the same situation, people would say the exact opposite. That’s what I find wrong and rather confusing. I know that some people glorify Daryl but really? He was just the same age as Axel after all. Both rednecks with a heart of gold. I just don’t see why the same things don’t apply to both of them.
Rorschach is so hot. I could stare at this gif for hours.
- Her middle name’s Gertrude.
- Ooh, that’s rough.
- What’s yours?
- Oh, no. No, no, we’re not doing that.
- Come on, tell me.
- All right, but you better not tell anyone, okay? Police orders. It’s Reginald. My dad was a big Elton John fan.