Random thing I just noticed: I'm listening to Emily's music right now and her album cover for Rockstar reminds me of boots. I'm pretty sure it's just black converse (like the song says) but it's so shadowed and literally just her ankles and shoes that it brings back the imagery of Boots. Just a parallel that hit me right now. She also talks about "unreleased Walking Dead episodes" in the song. 😬
Great catch, anon! I think you’re onto something. Here is the single cover for reference:
(picture credit to @allatariel)
While she’s wearing Converse shoes for the cover, the shadows do obscure the laces, making the shoes look more like boots. Footwear has been seeded since season 4. Carl lost a shoe to a walker, and he left a note about it. Then Beth found a child’s shoe, and she thought it belonged to Luke. This continued throughout Gimple’s overarching arc in small things like eggs. It’s not unreasonable that they had the bones of Beth’s return in mind by the time Coda aired. Her album cover for This is War also invokes comic!Andrea. TPTB would want to to connect Emily to the show as much as possible, so using her music as a platform for promotion makes sense. They can promote Emily’s role as Beth while Emily gets promotion for her music and financial support for her This is War tour. It’s a win-win.
Rockstar was Emily’s first project post-Coda. The song came out less than two weeks after the episode aired, and she received marketing-support from TWD (X). It makes sense that they would soak her most immediate projects with Beth-connections, like the Bulletproof Picasso video. Furthermore, Entertainment Weekly premiered the song, with Dalton Ross covering Rockstar (X). Dalton Ross is the writer for EW who covers TWD, and he normally doesn’t write about music. Except when it’s Emily. Emily is an independent artist, so it’s odd that she would receive so much promotion and support from something as big as EW. (I’m not saying that she’s talented, she is; it’s about her being independent and not having the kind of label support that big-name artists do.) You want to know what the first line in the article is? “Beth is alive!!!”.
TPTB are not being subtle about this, and they never have been.