Daniel Grayson: Former Party Boy
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 12:40 PM
But I won't lie: I was disappointed...although it wouldn't have made sense for him to blurt out the truth on the news without any concrete proof of the conspiracy except Conrad's confession.
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 3:53 PM
I don't think Daniel is eveil and will suddenly start arranging for people to blackmailed and killed, but he's weak and it's a slippery slope... Conrad didn't start out evil, did he? But he let his conscience die in stages and so will Daniel....
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 4:54 PM
Not to mention, what would this do to Charlotte in her fragile state?
I wonder (I doubt it, but I wonder) if he has his own plans - to oust his father?
It would be interesting to see him working on HIS agenda while Emily works on hers.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 2:02 AM
Emanda wanted Daniel to man-up. He keeps talking about wanting to be his own man. He raised a stink when she didn't ditch her engagement party to go scrounge with him in Paris. But now that he has a genuine reason to cut ties with his family... he chooses the comfy life and lets an innocent man's name continue to be besmirched and his daughter's life remain in ruins. He's willing to let his sister continue to believe that she is carrying the blood of a domestic terrorist in her veins. If he cared at all about her fragile state, he'd exonerate her father so the poor girl will stop seeing herself as a monster's child. What an a-hole. Right now, Daniel is about the most disgusting person on the show to me and I'm sure Emanda is cursing herself for not letting him rot in jail.
Yes, maybe Emanda will leave him instead of tarnishing her name with his own. Or maybe she'll fall in love with him for finally growing a spine. But that shouldn't stop him from doing the right thing.
Yes, he may not be evil now but he's weak and sometimes that's worse because it means that unlike some evil people who really believe that their actions are justified, he knows what he's doing is wrong but he'll still go ahead and do it anyway.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 6:50 AM
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 7:48 AM
Daniel may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer. However I don't see him being A OKAY with everything his father told him and I mean, EVERYTHING without having some sort of reaction other then let's go dad. That's the one characterization they've gotten right about him from the start, he has some decency in him. He would have a problem with this, he would be appalled. Even if he didn't rush to the police station right away to turn his parents in. If he just turns into Conrad Jr then it'll be disappointing and frankly lazy writing and that will make me like this show less.
This is now Daniel slowing going to the dark side, this is him going over a cliff and it makes NO sense unless there's a method to his madness.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 10:20 AM
Daniel himself has just come out of prison. Does he really want to send his father there? After all, what did Conrad confess to, anyway? Not cold-blooded domestic terrorism. He confessed to a ponzey scheme that accidentally funded terrorism. He confessed that he would have gone to jail if he hadn't used David Clarke, a man that was sleeping with Conrad's wife, as a scapegoat. He confessed that he killed David Clarke in prison to keep his family safe. That he also killed a man a few days ago to save, him Daniel. This is his father talking, not some random stranger. It would take some serious cojones for anyone to snitch on his dad. Daniel is a spoilt sweet brat that has never done a hard day's work in his whole life. That has always had his ruthless father and his creepy mother on hand to save him from the responsibilities of his actions.
I just donít buy that this is some love triangle decision. The show is too smart for that. Daniel has never really been a side on the love triangle. Nolan has far more of a chance at Emandaís heart than Daniel ever did.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 11:02 AM
That really hasn't been shown in the writing. Gullible? yes. Weak? I don't see it. Since episode three they've had him standing up to his parents again and again. He's never really been silent or cowering or even that loyal when it comes to ConVic, whether it be Vic's false rape claim and her obvious hatred for Emily or Conrad siding with Tyler and cutting him from his inheritance.
He has always been weak. That is why he has chosen to keep silent and protect his family.
Edited by quangtran, May 4, 2012 @ 4:57 PM.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 1:30 PM
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 2:33 PM
Yep more naive and trusting then anything, whether he's wrong or not he's always said what's on his mind. He's shown vulnerability and foolishness, any maybe some weakness by his drinking. But overall being this weak, cowering guy, nope don't see it, never have. Everyone has their vulnerabilities and Daniel is no different. And not being able to go to to toe with people like Conrad, Victoria and Emily, well I consider that a compliment. C'mon love them or hate them, they're not exactly 'good' people.
This is how I've seen him as well. Daniel is not stupid; even having a shit ton of money won't get you into Harvard if you aren't at least a little smart. But he has been naive and and perhaps chosen not to see who his parents really were because he didn't want to know it. I got the impression that the coverup regarding the drunk driving accident was the first time he was really confronted with what his parents were capable of and in that case he was uncomfortable with it, but also scared and let it happen since he could tell himself his ex agree to it. But he began cleaning up his act at that point to avoid ever being in that position again.
I've know lost of people who were sheltered in their up bringing and when they were first put in a position where they had to face reality some chose to hide again, some chose to step up, and more still hid first and then stepped up. It's not easy to make that adjustment. And it seemed like Daniel was on the latter path.
So taking initiative would be growth for Daniel, but not completely inconsistent with his characterization. Whereas being totally Team Evil would be completely out of the blue in my opinion.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 3:34 PM
Book smarts is not the same as "street" smarts or common sense smarts.
Daniel has good "intentions" but that's all they've ever been, "intentions". When in a bad spot, he takes the path of least resistance.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 3:54 PM
I'm sure at least part of his motivation is that he doesn't want to lose the money and prestige he's grown up in, but that isn't necessary his only or even primary motivation. But if you've never been without resources, it isn't inherently greedy to freeze at the prospect of giving it all up. It is possible that Daniel has decided to go along to get along where Grayson Global and his father are concerned, it just seems like a bigger leap that he can get on board with murder and destruction of lives than that he's trying to find a different solution to ending it.
This show has duped us before regarding motives and actions, for instance Nolan's interactions with Tyler. The principle distinction there seemed to be that we knew more about Nolan (and liked him better as a collective) making us more willing to question the face value interpretation.
Edited by RachelKM, May 4, 2012 @ 7:03 PM.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 6:21 PM
I wonder... now that Daniel knows the truth, will he try to reach out to Amanda Clarke i.e. Amily?
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 1:46 AM
The first time Daniel encountered Amily, he treated her like dirt. The girl hadn't ever done anything to him but he acted like if she inherited the terrorism genes from her father.
I wonder... now that Daniel knows the truth, will he try to reach out to Amanda Clarke i.e. Amily?
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 11:09 AM
Given Emanda's true identity and true intentions, her claim that Daniel could have come clean during the TV interview was hypocritical, IMO. Emanda has had numerous opportunities to be honest with both Daniel and her half-sister Charlotte much sooner than that, but she's taken none of them. Daniel's far from perfect, but Emanda and his folks have done much more and much worse that he doesn't even know about. Re Daniel's willingness to take over grayson Industries, my unspoiled spec on that is that while it could be genuine, knowing this show, it could just as easily be a long con.
Posted Jun 12, 2012 @ 9:57 AM
Posted Oct 19, 2012 @ 9:51 AM
And he always tries to do the right thing. He doesn't always have all of the facts, but his character has some integrity, and you need a few of those on a show like this!
Posted Oct 22, 2012 @ 6:15 AM
If they resurrect Daniel/Emily, I might just roll over and die.
Oh, no, don't hold back. Please tell us how you really feel!
I think Daniel is rather... ridiculous, though. But now that I'm positive the show isn't expecting me to see him as nothing but a rather gullible and pretty young man, I'm beginning to find him more amusing and likeable. I burst into laughter when Conrad told Ashley that Daniel was licking his boots that morning and was clearly up to something. I was (shockingly but) happily surprised to see that Ashley did the honourable thing and stopped spying on Daniel for Conrad. But I was even more surprised when I realized that Daniel knew this, too.
Posted Oct 26, 2012 @ 10:15 AM
Athough he has remained pretty malleable and rather clumsy he compares favourably to Emily who appears to have lost any ounce of compassion.
Posted Oct 29, 2012 @ 3:39 PM
Posted Jan 7, 2013 @ 12:43 PM
God bless Nolan Ross.
Edited by Spartan Girl, Jan 9, 2013 @ 9:09 AM.
Posted Jan 9, 2013 @ 6:18 AM
Id prefer an in the dark Daniel with some backbone and grey area ambition then someone constantly on the periphery. He's had some great scenes lately. Also liked that he's still in love with Emily, that's always been genuine.
Posted Jan 18, 2013 @ 3:18 AM
Posted Jan 19, 2013 @ 3:44 AM
I keep forgetting that Josh Bowman is British until I hear him in an interview.
And I am so dumb, I just found out today. I was like, whoa.
Posted Jan 19, 2013 @ 12:28 PM
Unless her identity is going to be revealed to him in a timely manner, another go at that relationship is a waste of time.
Especially considering the distance it ran last season, a called-off engagement due to slight infidelity. Where do you take them on a repeat? Obsessed, is he most certainly. He would be a tad interesting to me if he knew she was playing him.
Edited by deme70, Jan 19, 2013 @ 12:29 PM.
Posted Mar 1, 2013 @ 5:34 AM
"Your father had David Clarke murdered!"
"Well he must have had a damn good reason for it."
Emily ever genuinely dating Daniel would be akin to vomiting on her father's grave.
Also, Daniel has now violently shoved both Emily and Ashley- I'm surprised more people aren't calling him on this behavior. Are we sure Judge Barnes isn't Daniel's illegitimate father?
Posted Mar 18, 2013 @ 11:49 AM
Posted Mar 24, 2013 @ 1:11 AM
I also didn't realize how much people hated Daniel. I'm a fan. I think that his character is probably one of the few that I like. Given how crazy his family is, I think he turned out pretty well.
Posted Apr 27, 2013 @ 12:44 PM
Posted May 26, 2013 @ 8:10 PM
He shows remorse and disgust one week, but still is quite under their control. And he's so wishy washy. Seriously, he just gives up control of Grayson to move to Paris. He's trying to be decent but he's just can be manipulated at every turn. One of my favorite scenes ever is Aiden calling him a little boy. So true.