Okay so you all know I was pretty convinced for a while there that Beth wasn’t going to make it past season 5. And my reasons for that were pretty much entirely based on things Emily had said.
But in light of a certain article I’ve decided to say “fuck what the cast and crew say, we should rely on the show.”
This is kind of a post made for me, so I can remind myself of these things next time I start thinking about Beth being dead.
So this is a very incomplete summary of why, based on the show, Beth won’t die:
Gimple has in the past said he does not want to redo old plots.
Well, in Andrea we saw a female character get a solo arc only to be killed off upon the reunion with the group.
With Daryl in season 2 we saw Daryl search for a girl only for her to be dead when they found her.
Idk, I find it hard to believe Gimple would give Beth a solo storyline only to kill her off like Andrea, meanwhile have Daryl searching for a dead girl again. Sometimes old storylines get retold, and it can’t be helped, but two old plots in his second season of showrunnership? I doubt it.
Not to mention the fact Gimple cares about these characters. He will only kill them off if he has to. Beth’s death won’t further the plot except to add to Daryl’s pain.
And then there’s The New Sheriff in Town. Gimple could have had Rick put that hat on anyone. He could have had him put it on no one at all and it would have still been an important, symbolic scene of Carl losing the hat. Putting it on Beth, unless it means she’s got an important story coming up, was unnecessary. And Gimple doesn’t do unnecessary.
And the DC spoon. Do I know exactly what it means? No. Does it mean something? Fuck yes.
And the biggest reason is this:
No one has ever expected Beth to survive. No the audience, not the characters. She is a young woman who’s not particularly physically strong. So when Beth told Daryl that he looks at her and see’s just another dead girl, and when she told him that she survived and he doesn’t get it, that was Beth Greene speaking up for all the girls out there who are underestimated. That was Gimple giving a voice to the girls who are seen as weak because they’re not a typical hero.
Killing her now would undermine that. Killing her off so soon after she said those things would tell everyone that no, girls like Beth can’t make it. It would be disrespectful.
That’s not to say Beth will never die, I think she definitely will, but right now? Killing her less than a season after she stood up for herself like that?
So yeah, a lot of the time we have to sit by and watch the other ship get filming spoilers and we see Emily in NYC and yeah, it sucks, but clearly they’re willing to go to big lengths to hide spoilers.
But at the end it comes down to this: Gimple has shown he can write a fucking amazing show. He has shown he respects characters, all characters, for their various strengths. He has put in foreshadowing and hints of big things to come. So it comes down to faith in Gimple to follow through. Faith in Gimple to continue making a great show. And he hasn’t let us down so far.
So I’m done worrying about filming spoilers and news and comments and all that shit. Am I going to say for certain Beth will survive? No. No one knows what might happen. But I’d say she has a pretty great chance of making it to season 6.
Gimple better fucking not let me down.