Anonymous said: I ship Rickyl HARD, but what on earth made you think there was anything in 501 that made it more canon?
To clarify, I said “am I the only one who feels like Rickyl is more canon than yesterday,” not that it is more canon. But to answer your question, this is why I feel that way:
For somebody who comes from a physically abusive background, touch is a big deal. It is not something that a survivor of it arbitrarily gives. This touch is 100% unnecessary. He’s not checking for scratches or bites. Rick’s not wandering off anywhere. There’s no threat he’s pulling Rick away from.
Daryl, simply put, just wanted to touch him.
That’s a HUGE deal for him. He does not give affection freely and this is an affectionate touch.
Say whatever you want about whether or not romantic Rickyl will ever go canon, but there is no denying that this is Daryl showing affection to Rick.
And that’s beautiful.
I’d just like to add that the first touch is really just Daryl touching base, reconnecting with Rick. It has no purpose whatsoever. The second can be argues to be more of a way to turn Rick and move off in a direction, but even this doesn’t require Daryl’s touch He chooses to touch him because that is the level of intimacy they enjoy together, they are allowed to touch each other and it becomes part of their communication.