At the end of last night's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 12, "Still," Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) set fire to a cabin, metaphorically burning down their pasts, leaving a lot of emotional baggage behind. (And potentially launching a major forest fire; Smokey the Bear would not approve.)
Daryl even had himself a good cry, after his heated confrontation with Beth revealed his guilt and regret about not stopping The Governor’s (David Morrissey) attack. It was a powerful episode for both characters — and the actors who play them.
The Hollywood Reporter asked Norman how this would free Daryl emotionally. "He's definitely moving in the right direction now," Norman said. "He's interesting in that he's very guarded and very loyal. Once he breaks that wall down with someone, he's loyal forever. Especially with Beth in this episode: she means a lot to him and took time to get to know him and open up to him and that got him to open up. It created a stronger bond between these two. He still thinks everyone else is dead and has little hope for the future, but Beth gave him a little light at the end of the tunnel and that means a lot to him."
Norman said he likes seeing Daryl and Beth together because they're not people you'd expect to partner up. But maybe because of how different they are, they see each other pretty well — strengths and flaws — and after breaking each other down, they ended the episode by building each other up to move forward.
"Beth showed him something about himself," Norman told THR. "He struggles a lot of the time and he's got a chip on his shoulder; he doesn't think people like him. But Beth helps him shed some of his old demons and feel good about himself and the need to let those things go and move forward. That's a lot of what our show is about. He definitely has a soft spot for her forever. They've bonded during this journey."
Aww! But doesn't it sort of feel like Beth is being set up as someone Daryl remembers — as in, “something happens” and he looks back on this time as a life-changing moment for his own journey? Beth foreshadowed that herself by telling Daryl he'd be the last one standing (that's Bob's job!) but she'd be gone someday. “You’re gonna miss me so bad when I’m gone, Daryl Dixon.” If someone else said something like that it might seem like too much of a spoiler, but from Beth in that moment, it felt like a message from the Ghost of Christmas Future.
What do you think is next for Beth and Daryl? We know they’re still together for at least part of this Sunday’s Episode 13, but will they stay together?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter