The “that’s not a production error, that’s a deliberate creative choice used to save Beth Greene’s life” theory
(needs a new name, open to suggestions.)
getkath asked about this and I realized it’s been a while since I made a post about my favorite, favorite “Beth lives” theory. We’ve got new people. We’ve got other folks who are reluctant to get on board with the idea that there was a second shooter. Consider this:
- Dawn definitely shot Beth
- at a steep angle (I would guess 75 degrees or more)
- in the forehead
- with a 9mm
- at close range
Those are the exact circumstances needed for this weirdness to happen irl. If we’re following the laws of physics (which they really should, it’s not that hard, especially with guns/bullets) then the only way the bullet exits where it does is if it skims her skull. Minimal brain damage. Minimal blood loss. Hurts. Could easily knock you out cold, but it doesn’t kill you. It just doesn’t.
The chances that the fx makeup crew and special effects crew don’t know this are pretty much zero.
My career in fx makeup was exactly one short indie film long, and I was only assisting the assistant. I am not that deep into fx makeup and even I know about this stuff. Makeup people need to know. Especially makeup people who fake-kill characters on the most popular show on television, on a constant basis.
Sometimes I call it the “It would have been really easy to shoot her through the chin” theory.
It’s not that Beth’s headshot is survivable. If the production crew did this deliberately (which I believe they did) then the headshot is straight-up non-fatal. She’s about as likely to die from this injury as she would be from getting her hand chopped off.
Still sucks to get shot in the head, and she could die later from infection, or she could sustain fatal injury while she’s helpless and unconscious, but the shot alone wouldn’t kill her.
well-she-sure-looks-dead + wait-what-happened-to-the-body? = a happy living Beth