There isn’t much hope in The Walking Dead world, but by the end of Season 4, Episode 12: “Still”, we had hope that Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) would be able to make it on their own, so long as they had each other. In typical TWD fashion, our hopes were dashed by the end of Episode 13: “Alone,” when Beth was seemingly kidnapped by someone driving a car with a white cross on the back and Daryl was unable to rescue her.
As executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman notes in the video below, the pair had just begun to really understand and connect with one another. “Daryl and Beth are definitely growing close over this time,” he says.
Things even seemed great at the start of Episode 13, when Daryl and Beth stumbled upon a clean house with food — which is rarer than a four leaf clover in this world. “These little glimmers of happiness and hope are very important and real to us,” Norman quipped. “Now they feel like they’re in it together and they’re a team. They definitely have a friendship and a connection that is on a very deep level,” Emily continued.
But as we now know, Daryl and Beth’s happiness didn’t last. It didn’t take long before walkers were seemingly lead to their house and Beth was taken. Norman explains just how big of a blow this is, noting what Beth was like at the start of Season 4 and how far she’d come, only to have it all taken away again.
“Early on in the season, when Beth loses her boyfriend, seeing that sweet girl be so blasé about that says a lot about this world,” Norman notes. “Seeing her go from that, to somebody that has hope, who is smiling, who is singing again, who thinks that there is still something to fight for out there, and then that being taken away from them... Everybody on this show just is constantly just getting things ripped from them.”
Unfortunately, Emily agrees. “Everything in this world, every bit of happiness, you have to really fight for. So once again, just when you think it could be easy, they’re going to have to fight for it again.”
We feel really badly for Daryl and Beth, but as Norman mentioned, feeling safe only to have everything taken away from you is nothing this crew hasn’t experienced before. We currently have no idea where Beth is headed, but Daryl seems to have joined forces with Joe (Jeff Kober) and his group, even though he wasn’t too psyched about it.”
Do you think Daryl and Beth will be able to find happiness again, or are they a lost cause? Watch the video and tell us what you think below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.