If you remember, Daryl talking to Rick when he was digging graves, that Rick being off to himself and all of that; told Rick that he deserved the "time off". Knowing Rick had busted his ass to keep the group safe since he joined and assumed leadership. Several times Daryl said that Rick "has done alright by him".
As mentioned earlier in the thread, this isn't the same Daryl in previous seasons. In his own way he's matured further... as we all do continually in our lives until we die. I agree that he'll be upset, but once knowing the reasons, he'll take it and stay with the group. There's a big difference between romantic friendship and platonic friendship.
Carol committed a "mercy-killing" with Karen and David. Even with the council's approval it's still murder. In a court of law she could probably be charged with voluntary manslaughter (ghastly pun). She had intention to kill them, but wasn't fully aware of the consequences/aftermath.
was probably the best that I could find from a google search.
There are differences between the terms involuntary and voluntary euthanasia and active and passive euthanasia. The courts have taken these distinctions into account when assessing the criminal lia- bility of the actor engaging in euthanasia. The rationale for recogniz- ing these distinctions becomes evident upon an examination of the definitions of these terms. Involuntary euthanasia occurs when an in- dividual, other than the patient, decides to discontinue treatment or to terminate an incompetent or a competent unconsenting person's life. 12 In contrast, voluntary euthanasia occurs when the patient him- self decides to terminate treatment or to end his life. 13 Thus, involun- tary euthanasia and voluntary euthanasia differ in that the former occurs without the patient's consent, while the latter occurs with the patient's consent.
So in a court of law (pre-apocalypse) they would have to assess Carol's motives and state of mind when she committed those acts. The damning part of it was she kept it secret, though not for nefarious reasons, but likely because of the exact same thing that Rick did when she confessed. That she would be driven out whereas she wanted to stay. Her intention was to save the rest, but without consulting others and acting on her own... so likely she would've been charged with two counts of 1st degree murder.
We think, when hearing the term "euthanasia" as pulling the plug, an injection, smothering with a pillow, etc., not driving a knife into the base of the skull, which conjures up images of savagery. Both Karen and David were dispatched with an immediate death and did not suffer beyond their illnesses' symptoms.
I'm saying all this not to defend Carol but to highlight the wrongness of what she had done. Taken the law into her own hands.
Everyone it seems at the prison still considers Rick as the Alpha-dog/Leader of the entire group. The council still wanted to have his input whenever he was or would be willing to give it. They still made decisions for the group with or without Rick. Yet I believe that they and
Daryl, would've accepted whatever Rick decided to do. If they wanted to banish Carol and Rick wanted her to stay, he'd have the final say-so and vice-versa. He made a leadership decision for the good of the group, for his family and for Carol. Clearly stating that Tyreese would've (attempted) to kill her once she was found out. Rick did say (to Carol) that he was doing it for his son and daughter... but it was obvious he was also doing a "Shane" and making the hard-decision that keeps people alive.
Daryl likely would've been upset but more than likely he'd been upset with Carol for her rash-actions than with Rick's decision. Upset that it was Carol who committed the acts of euthanasia on her own and kept it to herself. I'll go further to speculate that had Carol confided with Daryl or even consulted (asked his opinion -- in private), he may have gone as far as agreeing that it'd be better for (Karen and David) not to suffer. But he would likely also have consulted the council, knowing that it wasn't hers (or his) decision to make.
We see in the preview of the mid-season finale that Daryl is with the group when the Governor arrives. But we don't know if this is before or after Rick tells him about Carol.
Hershel as should be noted didn't seem to have a problem with Rick's decision when he told him.
The big thing will be with Tyreese. His thirst for revenge will go unsatisfied. How will HE react once Rick tells him what happened.
Edited by DeadCave, 29 November 2013 - 07:02 AM.