Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) can’t just wander the prison singing to baby Judith anymore.
The youngest Greene daughter fled the prison alongside Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in the The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 8 mid-season finale.
First, poor Beth and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) had to watch their father Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) get his head sliced by The Governor (David Morrissey), then the sisters were separated after the battle.
During all the action, Maggie assigned Beth the job of getting everyone on the old Woodbury bus. But Maggie later went back to the bus, which Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) was on, and found out Beth wasn’t there. Maggie went off to look for her little sister, which is how Glenn and Maggie got separated. Beth ultimately reappeared, telling Daryl she was looking for the kids to get them on the bus. Instead, the kids seemed to be leaving with baby Judith, then maybe they left Judith, and the Samuels girls started shooting The Governor’s people, then exited the prison with Tyreese (Chad Coleman). Then the bus drove away without Beth. So maybe she wasn’t the best fit for that particular job.
Now what, though? Beth is with Daryl and neither character exists in The Walking Dead comics. However, the Greene family — including Maggie and Hershel — do exist, and Maggie is understandably distraught at the loss of her family after the prison battle. In the books, the group briefly returns to the Greene family farm, so maybe that’s where Daryl and Beth go?
There’s only been one promo for the second half so far, with a brief glimpse of Beth walking away from a fire. It's hard to say where that is or what's going on. Later in the promo, we see Daryl shine a flashlight into a house. Maybe Beth is right behind him. Since Daryl is a tracker, maybe he manages to find out where Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) went, since they too appear to be taking shelter in a house.
A while back, showrunner Scott Gimple said TWD would further explore the Beth/Daryl dynamic that was first shown in the Season 4 premiere. Remember, Daryl is the one who told Beth her boyfriend had died in the Big Spot supply run. Beth had a very stoic reaction, but she and Maggie were both horrified to see their father killed. We’ll have to see how she is on the road, especially since she’s not likely to know what happened to Maggie, who was last seen with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the injured Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.). For all Beth knows, maybe Maggie didn’t make it.
These mini groups may stay separated for a while, and one upside of that is being able to focus on individual characters. Putting Beth with a major character like Daryl suggests she may get a little more air time and hopefully some character depth. Show us what you’re made of, Bethie!
Are you curious to see what happens next for Beth? How do you think she’ll react to everything that happened? Will she be preternaturally calm — we’ve all got jobs to do! — or show more emotion?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.