Walking Dead deaths and how Beth Greene compares to the rest of them.
I am Team Delusional all the way. I first got interested in this fandom after reading posts from people like @bethgreenewarriorprincess and @bethgreeneishopeunseen, who laid out the evidence and mounting pile of HUH? so well that I got sucked right in. I got the idea for this particular post some time ago, after months of people mocking TD for our belief that Beth Greene could be alive. It is unbelievable how many people still think Beth was shot upward through the chin and/or was buried. It is also incredible when fans say that there are many characters who have never received closure– “they haven’t had funerals, so that must mean they all are alive too.!” Here is a compilation TWD deaths and the main points of each. Were they filmed with finality, as in there is no way in hell they could possibly come back, or were they filmed “open-ended”—leaving room for a possible return? I am trying to stick to major characters, because trying to write up all characters that have perished on this show would be like writing a dissertation. I have added in a few minor characters that were memorable.
Season 1 is hard. To me, everyone that died was a minor character, because we hardly got to know them. But here they are:
Ed Peletier, scumbag that he was. Nope, he’s not coming back from a pickax in the head. He’s dead.
Amy, Andrea’s sister. Bit by a walker and turned; put down by Andrea. Final.
Jim was scratched by a walker and developed the fever. TF left him by a tree on their way to the CDC. He would have turned. Nope, he’s not coming back from that.
Jackie & Jenner
Blown up in the CDC. Presumed dead. Could they possibly have survived? Anything is possible, however unlikely, after six seasons without them.
Otis, Sophia, Jimmy, Patricia
are minor characters, but die while at Hershel’s farm. We see Sophia already having turned into a walker, whereas Jimmy and Patricia get torn apart before our eyes. We see Otis attacked by walkers and then he gets a very nice and very final funeral.
Dale gets disemboweled by walkers and is then put down by Daryl. He’s gone in a very gruesome way.
turns and then is put down by Carl. He’s not coming back from that. Except for Rick’s hallucination in Woodbury.
is bit and then sacrifices himself so Carol can get away. We see him torn up pretty good.
is killed by the Governor, turns, and then bites Andrea.
Andrea is bit by Milton and then put down by Michonne. TF is later seen bringing her body back to the prison on the truck.
.Lori dies from the shock of a c-section with no anesthesia combined with blood loss. Carl puts her down to keep her from turning. She is then totally consumed by a greedy walker.
We later see a cross for her in the prison yard.
Merle was killed by the Governor and left to turn. Daryl puts him down.
Martinez–poor guy, just as we are starting to like him, the Governor knocks him upside the head with a golf club and drags him, while dazed, to a pit of walkers, where he is devoured.
Hershel –We all loved Hershel; his death was hard to deal with. He was ultimately put down by Michonne.
The Governor was stabbed by Michonne and put down by Lily.
Mika is murdered by Lizzie; Lizzie is in turn killed by Carol. Both are buried by Carol and Tyreese. Good closure there.
Bob– I loved Bob. I think he had one of the greatest lines and/or scenes in all of the Walking Dead, ever. After being partially eaten by cannibals, we learn he also been bitten. He is later put down by Tyreese.
Beth is shot in the hallway of Grady Memorial with a doctor present. She is not shown turning or being put down by TF. No funeral or memorial given.
Tyreese is shown being bitten at Noah’s house and subsequently trying desperately to be saved by TF. He is finally shown being buried at the end of the episode.
Noah is torn apart in front of our eyes. He aint coming back from that. Probably the most gruesome scene ever. Well, at least until Negan came along.
Deanna gets the fever and is put down by Spencer after she has turned.
Jessie and Sam are ripped apart in front of our eyes. Ron is killed by Michonne after he shoots Carl. Carol is even later shown going to Sam’s grave.
Denise is shown being shot through the eye by Dwight. She dies within seconds and falls to the ground in front of Daryl.
With the exception of Jackie, Jenner, and Beth, every death has been final. If get the fever, you eventually turn. As of right now, there is no cure or halting of the fever. If you die, you turn. So far there is also no cure for having turned. You are forever and always a walker, unless you are stabbed/shot in the head (in the correct spot, of course.) Which is why Beth’s wound is up for debate… her gunshot is up so high on her forehead that it is questionable how much damage was actually done. It’s not in the middle of her forehead, nor is it low like Axel’s was, which killed him instantly. Also, if you are buried, or have a cross put up, then all the better–you have been given closure so your family can move on and begin to heal.
What is odd is when you are never mentioned again, or mentioned in very bizarre ways… such as when Noah said, regarding Beth “Something happened after.” Or Rick, on how going to Richmond was the only “physical way to honor Beth.” Glenn never even mentions her when he is running down his list of dead friends in the church with Enid. We are also never shown this for Beth:
A quick shot of a cross with her necklace hanging on it…. would that have been so hard? What happened? What is going on?