One Walking Dead Fan Is Taking Drastic Action Following That Last Shocking Death
The Walking Dead kills people. If you’ve watched AMC’s hit zombie drama for any period of time, you’re well aware of this. In fact, the series has gone to great lengths to create an environment where no one is safe, where no one is unkillable. That was on full display this past weekend when the mid-season finale killed off a fan favorite character. It wasn’t an unexpected move, but it made some people incredibly angry, and a group of fans are taking an unusual approach to rectify the situation.
It should go without saying that if you haven’t watched the most recent episode of The Walking Dead, “Coda,” and if you care about having things spoiled, stop reading now. There are SPOILERS beyond this point.
Over the course of the last season, Beth (Emily Kinney) has become one of the most interesting characters on The Walking Dead, growing from “Maggie’s little sister” into a fully realized person in her own right. At the end of “Coda,” however, that all comes to an end as she catches a bullet in the dome and dies. It’s a big emotional moment, especially for Daryl (Norman Reedus), with whom she formed a strong connection (it’s amazing how well you can bond with someone over booze and zombie killing), and obviously Maggie, who had just learned her kid sister was still alive.
Like I said, this wasn’t entirely unexpected. The last few episodes made it abundantly clear that either Beth or Carol (Melissa McBride) was going out in the finale—we suspected it would be Carol, but not strongly enough that Beth’s death was much of a shock—but some fans were taken aback, and one in particular started a petition to bring Beth back. From the dead.
Yeah, let that one sink in for a moment.
Beth wouldn’t be the first character on The Walking Dead to come back from the dead as a zombie, it’s happened many times before (though it’s impossible in this instance because she got shot in the head), but the Change.org petition one fan started wants her back, alive and well. The petition, cleverly titled “Bring Beth Back!” doesn’t really go into detail about how this might be accomplished, but it does lay out some reasons why showrunner Scott Gimple and company should do this:
There was so much more to be done with her character and they chose to kill her in a disgusting, unsatifying [sic] death that caused more anger and dissapointment [sic] 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.
Maybe it was all a dream, or an autistic kid looking into a snow globe.
This does bring up a couple of good points. For a show that has primarily been a boys club, the last 16 episodes, since the middle of season 4, has seen the female characters, including Beth, Carol, Maggie, and Michonne, become the most interesting people on the show, and this derails that some. Another frequently cited problem with the series is the crushing bleakness and despondency, it can be such a stone cold bummer to watch. That’s another element that, over the same span, has gotten better. It’s not always much, but, Beth especially has managed to bring occasional rays of hope, which has been a refreshing change.
Change.org is usually home to political, social, and human rights campaigns, but “Bring Beth Back!” already has almost 18,000 signatures. You have wonder how many, or if there’s even a number, it will take to make this happen.