Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is a great tracker, and we’ve been following his moves for four seasons of The Walking Dead, so let’s take a page from his book and try to track where he goes in the rest of Season 4. Daryl and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) had a major showcase on Episode 12 and they are back for good times and bad on Episode 13, “Alone.” They will share that spotlight with another group, but here we’ll just focus on where it leaves Bethyl and what that might mean for Daryl’s journey.
Episode 13 Spoilers
The kind souls at Spoil the Dead posted an Episode 13 synopsis from their “spoiler fairies,” giving a full rundown of “Alone.” The good news is, no one dies. During filming, a fan on set said they saw Daryl carrying Beth, which we initially thought might mean she gets hurt or dies, but it sounds like she just hurt her ankle a little bit and Daryl gives her a piggy-back ride into the graveyard.
However, here’s the bad news: Beth reportedly gets kidnapped. This is after Beth and Daryl pay their respects at the graveyard and take shelter at a funeral home. Daryl accidentally lets walkers into the shelter and, during the fight, Beth is said to be kidnapped by someone driving a black car with a white cross in the back window. The car had been following them as they took shelter. Daryl runs after the car and sees Beth bagged, so that’s probably why we hear him shout “Beth!” and run after something in the U.K. promo.
Is Beth taken by The Hunters, a cannibal group that shows up around now in the comics? If not, is she abducted by bandits/marauders — or a TV show version of Gabriel Stokes, a preacher who also shows up around now in the comics? Father Gabriel isn’t really a “bad” guy, but he’s made his share of bad calls. Still, better it be Gabriel than the Hunters. Is whoever kidnapped Beth our Gareth, a potential major new character continuing into Season 5? Will we see Beth again on or before the finale, when “many paths collide”? Too many questions!
Back to Daryl. The synopsis says Daryl can’t catch Beth’s car, and he has to give up. Eventually, though, he comes across some people we’ve been waiting for him to see again: Jeff Kober’s tennis-ball-bouncing “bad guy” from the Episode 11 “Claimed” house, and his merry band of misfits. Jeff’s character, Joe, was meant to reappear when we least expected it, and this would certainly qualify. Spoil the Dead’s source said Joe thinks Daryl is like them but another guy isn’t so sure. After what’s called a tense standoff, Daryl ends up joining the group, which would fit with spoiler photos from the Georgia set, showing Daryl walking train tracks with a gray-haired man looking like Jeff Kober.
So do Daryl and Jeff end up at Terminus, like everyone else? Ep 13 is also meant to show Bob, Maggie, and Sasha walking to Terminus, and the episode is supposed to end with Glenn seeing the sign. The whole episode sounds intense, but it obviously leaves us wondering what happened to Beth and where Daryl goes from there. We don’t know yet, but filming spoilers may give us some hints.
According to Spoil the Dead’s handy guide, Norman and Emily were seen filming on the Grantville cemetery set on October 29, 2013. On Oct. 30, Norman was also seen filming in Grantville. On Oct. 31, Norman was seen filming most of the day around railroad tracks. November 1-3, he was also seen outside a warehouse structure taking a smoke break someone who was probably Jeff Kober. He was also seen walking train tracks with the same gray-haired actor. He continued to bee seen filming through November. The finale started shooting the week of November 11, Spoil the Dead said, and Norman shared pics from set, along with other cast members. On the final days of filming, November 21-22, Norman, Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs and Danai Gurira were spotted filming on set. Others were spotted before that, during season finale shooting, so that's not to imply that their characters are the only ones who make it.
Emily Kinney was seen on set on November 21, but they said it wasn't clear if she was filming or just there for one of the final days of shooting. So ... it's possible Beth is there for a big Season 4 finale reunion in Episode 16. That episode’s official synopsis reads, “Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive.” Which paths collide? Will Rick have a confrontation with the guys from “Claimed” who are now with Daryl? Will we see Beth again or will her mystery continue into Season 5? That would be annoying, but there’s already so much going on and every episode brings new questions. Besides, Melissa McBride has only been in a handful episodes this season, and if they can bench Carol, they can bench Beth.
We’ll have to update our DarylWatch as new information emerges from future episodes. Ep 15 is going to be a rough one; it mentions “Survivors rely on brutality and faith.” Brutality is never good. Faith as connected to the cross on the back of the car? So many mysteries!
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