Now you… you take care of your daddy for me, all right? And your little brother or sister, you take care…
You’re gonna be fine. You are gonna beat this world. I know you will. You are smart, and you are strong, and you are so brave, and I love you.
You gotta do what’s right, baby. You promise me, you’ll always do what’s right. It’s so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So don’t… so if it feels wrong, don’t do it, all right? If it feels easy, don’t do it. Don’t let the world spoil you. You’re so good. You’re my sweet boy. You’re the best thing I ever did. And I love you.
I love you. You’re my sweet, sweet boy. I love you
Let’s start with the good: I actually don’t have a problem with Beth in S2 and S3 - in fact, I liked the fact that they showed the effects of loss (shock, suicidal intentions) in a relatively “normal” human being (i.e. not Rick “even my hair still looks good in the apocalypse” Grimes) in S2. S4/S5 was unbearable.
Listen, I get that Beth is the ~~~~epitome~~~~~ of innocence in the apocalypse. Good for her. But the subtlety of that character trait, which was actually endearing in S2/S3, became a screaming, awful caricature in S4.
Think of it like this - Beth being the one to be joyful about a baby in S3 is like the writers saying “she’s a beacon of hope” in 12pt Arial font. It’s nice. Meanwhile, Beth yelling YOU JUST SEE ANOTHER DEAD GIRL!!! is the writers saying that same thing in fluorescent yellow
1000pt Impact font outlined in fucking neon. We get it. She’s not like “these people.” Who cares?
In addition, I think the writers wrote themselves into a corner after the S4 MSF. They paired everyone else up and went - oh shit, what about Daryl? They went, “Oh, stick Beth with him. It’ll be endearing. She’ll teach him about hope and whatever. Wait, let’s make her have a completely inane and pointless urge to go get alcohol when that’s literally the last thing you should ever be worrying about when you could get eaten today. It’s out of character for Beth, whose father was a recovering alcoholic, and it’s completely out of character for Daryl, who would never risk the safety of an impressionable teenager just because she whines about it. It’ll be PERFECT. Maybe they’ll flip off a house. It’ll be great.”
They did the same with the 5A storyline at the hospital. Can anyone tell me the lasting point of that story arc besides, “wow, look, Beth is brave too! And we’re going to make her unnecessarily state that she’s strong half a dozen times so EVERYONE KNOWS IT.” Oh, and giving Daryl something to cry about. Unnecessarily. So, in short, my fancy-ass argument is that her storylines went from endearing to pointless in half a season and I was bored.
The Actual Argument
I just don’t like her. There. That’s it. That’s my argument.
I hate the trend on Tumblr that you have to have some deep, philosophical, ten page double-spaced in Times New Roman font APA fucking cited argument as to why you don’t like a character.
You know why I don’t like Beth? I never connected with her character. I don’t care about her. I share absolutely no character traits with her besides liking babies. Maybe it’s because I’m old and rickety in comparison to half the people on this site, but what I saw in her was a whiny teenager who didn’t understand the depth of what was going on around her. It’s irritating. I gravitate towards Lori’s resilience, Maggie’s not-overwhelming-optimism, Rosita’s willingness to throw shade in the middle of an apocalypse. Those are the things I care about.
And yes, I did the test. The test I’m talking about is the “if this character were male, would I still dislike them?” test. The answer is yes. I still wouldn’t appreciate overwhelming, naive optimism and in-your-face reminders of character traits if those traits were put into a male body. I also did the “am I just mad because this female character is next to my favorite male character?” test. Guess what? Passed it with 5A. Beth was in her own little bubble and I was STILL BORED OUT OF MY GODDAMN MIND!
Also, parts of the fandom elevated her to goddess status after her death and that multiplied my irritation by a power of ten. Like that excellent gifset I reblogged earlier, the TWD fandom can be an absolute clusterfuck of hivemind nonsense that gets spread around until you want to set fire to actual houses. This is also a factor but, please, for the love of god, do not get me started on the B*thyl fucktrain that I can’t believe exists.
tl;dr I hate her because I can. There. This is how I feel about that.