Remember when AMC ruined the tragic death of one of their main characters last week over Facebook and Twitter by posting a pic immediately after the east coast feed, virtually ruining it for EVERYONE ELSE?! Seems fans are really displeased that Beth Greene, daughter of our beloved Hershel, has joined the choir invisible. So displeased, in fact, that they’ve started a petition and a Facebook campaign to bring Beth back to the drama about this ragtag group of survivors (and the zombies that want to eat them).
The mission statement of said petition, “Bring Beth Back!” — which has amassed over 30,000 signatures — reads as follows (with a few grammatical corrections):
Beth Greene (played by Emily Kinney) was killed off in the mid-season finale in season 5 of The Walking Dead. Her death was far too soon and the writers threw away the potential of a perfectly good character. Her story wasn’t over. Emily Kinney and her character don’t deserve this. There was so much more to be done with her character and they chose to kill her in a disgusting, unsatisfying death that caused more anger and disappointment than shock and mourning. Beth was a symbol of hope that a lot of women could relate to and see themselves in (especially self-harmers who saw her as someone who overcame their suicidal/depressive feelings). By sloppily killing her it just shows that she was used to further a man’s (Daryl’s) storyline. We realize that the circumstances she dies in are irreversible, but this is television. Anything is possible. By signing this petition you can at least show your support for Beth. Let’s show Emily Kinney how much we love her and want her back.
I understand the anger of losing a television/film character you’ve grown close to and consider one of your own (I cried like there was no tomorrow when Coulson “died” in The Avengers) BUT I have to take a slight issue with the petition’s claim that “she died to further Daryl Dixon’s (Norman Reedus) storyline” just a little. I think people are forgetting that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) was Beth’s sister and is the only living member of that family – so we could see some changes to Maggie’s well being, too. It’s not JUST about Daryl, darlings; it’s called “The Walking Dead,” NOT “The Walking Daryl.”
“TWD” showrunner Scott Gimple spoke with THR the day after the fateful episode aired about the loss of Beth as well as the departure of Emily Kinney from the series:
Losing this character is incredibly tragic, awful and painful. Not working with Emily is massively rough. I loved working with Emily. Why was it this character’s time to go? We wanted to tell a story about a character that found out that she was strong all along. Whatever was thrown at her brought out that strength. In the end, someone who wanted to appear strong — a compromised person [Dawn], wound up taking her out, which is just a tragic story. It’s not a fun story or a story we took lightly. Beth didn’t die because she was weak; Beth died because she was strong, and that’s painful, and it’s not fun and it’s not to be taken lightly — and we don’t. A lot of things happen on this show that are tragic. How do these characters go on after that? What would motivate them to go on after that?
And Kinney herself said that because Beth died from a gunshot wound to the head saving HER friend, Beth is a “hero in her own way.”
There were so many sparks of other things that hadn’t been explored. But what’s cool about the show is that it is unexpected and doesn’t make a lot of sense always. If you remember Bob [Lawrence Gilliard Jr.], he had the story where he was saying he didn’t know why he was the one to survive. There’s something about that that’s true in real life. Sometimes there isn’t rhyme or reason [to things]; why does that person die and not that person? I think there was a lot left artistically for me. But no actor wants to play the same character forever. There was great writing and a lot that was just getting started. I was excited to explore those sparks. It ended in a flash. That’s the way life is.
I couldn’t agree more. We as viewers should know by now that if a show is CALLED “The Walking Dead” or “Game of Thrones,” NO ONE is safe and sometimes people have to die for “the greater good.” I don’t see Beth’s demise as a tragic loss, but as an open door to introduce new characters and storylines. I mean, if you REALLY think you’ll survive a zombie apocalypse with the SAME people you started with, well…I admire your optimism.
But as far as THIS goes – dead is dead, darlings.
Mourn Beth’s loss but be happy she’s in Heaven with her dad.
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