Over the past several seasons of The Walking Dead we’ve come to view Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) as a demure, sweet kid, but in Season 4, Episode 12: “Still” we learned that this girl’s got grit and an attitude to match. Though she came off as petulant at times and rivaled Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) in annoyingness, Beth quickly made it clear that she wanted to not only keep living, but search for other survivors as well.
At the beginning of the episode she had to deal with a despondent Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and while we get that must have been frustrating for her, we really felt like decking her when she told Daryl that he’d be “the last man standing,” which is probably one of the worst, most hurtful things you can say to someone just trying to survive in the post-apocalyptic world. As usual, Daryl didn’t portray much emotion, but we could tell that Beth’s words stung.
Norman spoke to AccessHollywood.com earlier this month and weighed in on what Daryl was thinking after Beth uttered those biting words. “The thing about Daryl is he’s such a loner. Even surrounded [by] people, he’s alone. He’s been a loner his whole life. … I don’t think Merle let him have friends, you know what I mean? He would have made fun of him if he had friends,” he began. “But I think his biggest fear is that he’s gonna be left alone, so I just think that’s the saddest thing that you can say to that guy.”
Sorry, Beth, but we tend to agree. That was way harsh, girl!
We were a little surprised that Daryl didn’t call Beth on what she said right then and there, but he certainly let her have it later on, when she asked him if he’d ever been to jail.
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.