The Walking Dead Season 5: Emily Kinney Says There Was “Still So Much More to Explore” With Beth
When any actor/character leaves The Walking Dead it’s difficult to say goodbye, but not only did Emily Kinney (Beth Greene) not have adequate time to prepare for her character’s death, she also thinks there was more to Beth’s storyline that could have been explored in later episodes.
“I think the writing throughout has been great, but I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I think the Beth character, in particular… more could’ve been done with a teenager growing up [in that world]. I did not see it coming at all, especially this season,” she says in a candid interview with TVLine. “It’s weird, because I would’ve been OK with [this happening] in the second season or the third season, when I was like, ‘Oh, maybe this character is coming to a close. What else is there to do with her?’ But now I feel differently… I feel like there was still so much more to [explore], like, what could have happened with Daryl?”
Speaking of the Beryl relationship, Emily admits “they never really told [them] what it was supposed to be.” She continues, “I think it was a situation where they were getting to know each other. First, they were just trying to get along at all, because I don’t think that they saw each other’s point of view very well. And then as the story went along they maybe became friends, and I do think that it started to sort of go, ‘Oh, what more could this be? Could it keep going into something else?’”
While we were never huge fans of any Beryl romance, we did love the bond they shared and agree with Emily that more could have been done with her character down the road.
To add insult to injury, the 29-year-old reveals that showrunner Scott Gimple “didn’t really” provide an explanation as to why it was Beth’s time to go. “I think the whole point is there is no rhyme or reason [to the deaths on the show]. It’s like real-life,” Emily explains. “Why does that person [die] as opposed to other people? We really don’t quite know why.”
Despite the heartache, Emily notes that she was somewhat comforted by the fact that Beth was noble and even heroic in her final arc as she attempted to take out Dawn Lerner (Christine Woods). “I do feel like she grew up a lot. I dothink that she always had it in her,” Emily maintains. “Maybe it wasn’t something the audience could read, but I’d like to think this was a part of her from the beginning. She always had a fight in her.”
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The Walking Dead Season 5 resumes on February 8, 2015 and airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.