We never thought an episode of The Walking Dead featuring only two characters could be such an emotionally charged hour, but Season 4, Episode 12:”Still” — focused on Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) — was a real rollercoaster. It opened with Beth trying to convince a shutdown Daryl that life after the prison is still worth living, and plateaued with a defeated Daryl confessing that he feels responsible for Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) death and the fall of the prison.
In the middle, of course, there were several great Beth and Daryl scenes during which we got to learn quite a bit about both characters. Norman talked to AccessHollywood.com about the instalment and revealed that things were just as heavy on the set as you might have expected. Speaking specifically about his co-star Emily and what she brought to the hour, Norman dished,” It’s great to watch her because she’s such a natural, honest talent and you know that stuff on the porch when she’s talking about her past, and talking about her future and her family and stuff? There wasn’t a dry eye on set. She’s really, really good, and I think getting the opportunity to watch her shine is such a gift for all of us and I know it was for me there.”
Beth certainly wasn’t in a great headspace during “Still,” even though she fared better than Daryl. Norman described his character as follows: “I’m miserable and it’s over and life sucks and this sucks and we’re never gonna f—ing survive, and I’m stuck with this chick and she turns that whole thing around for him.”
Before the episode even aired Norman noted that Beth was a candlelight in the darkness for Daryl, and we couldn’t agree more. Once Beth managed to turn the situation around and get Daryl out of his funk, the episode went from depressing retrospective to hopeful new beginning. “It’s the only episode that we’ve ever had that ends on a triumphant, positive note, and they’re still f—ed, but it’s triumphant,” Norman explained. “It’s a very special episode for me for all those reasons. I mean, all the episodes coming up are great.”
Were you able to see the hope and triumph at the end of Season 4, Episode 12: “Still,” or was it just a big sob-fest? Feel free to share your feelings below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.