UPDATE: The speculation below was from before the second half even started. Now we're up to Episode 13 and, yeah, it's looking like Beth and Daryl will be separated, but not by choice. They just had a great bonding session in Episode 12, but "Alone" is set to break them apart. Why isn't anyone allowed to be happy for more than a few minutes on this show?!
Maybe yes, maybe no. The AMC promo editing may just be messin' with our minds again, but we have to wonder if they just have different approaches on what to do next.
As producer Gale Anne Hurd teased of the survivors in the recent post-prison sneak peek: "They are seeking to reunite, some decided to leave others behind."
Daryl and Beth ran out of the prison together without seeming to know who was still alive. In a new promo, Beth is sitting at a fire, presumably talking to Daryl, and she says they aren't the only survivors, they can't be. It's almost like she's replying to an argument that they are on their own.
One early promo showed Daryl and Beth running together across a field, then hiding and possibly sleeping. A newer promo showed Beth stopping on the road to cry, and it looks like Daryl turns around to look at her. (Remember on the Season 4 premiere when Daryl told her that her boyfriend Zach had died, and Beth said she didn't cry anymore? That was then. It’s actually good to see she's not so hardened that the death of her father and loss of her sister leave her cold.)
But other scenes in the promos suggest Beth and Daryl get separated, whether that's just temporary — maybe for hunting or a supply run — or a decision they made to split up. Or it could just simply be editing.
Daryl spends some time inside a building (looking at a "rich bitch" sign hanging on a walker) and then shining a light in some dark room. We also see Daryl on the same train tracks everyone seems to find, even if they find them separately and just miss each other. At one point, we see Beth standing possibly alone in a big field (golf course?) and also hiding behind a tree as walkers approach. It looks like Beth will get some walker kills in, and it's possible she'll have to fend for herself.
But it would make sense for Beth to want to go look for her sister and maybe even baby Judith, since she was supposed to find all the young’uns and get them on the bus. That was Beth's prison battle job and she didn't quite get it done. Would Daryl want to do the same thing, though? He was closest to Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and already lost her thanks to Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) decision to banish her, so maybe he doesn't have the same drive to backtrack to the prison. Or maybe he does. We'll find out. The promos may just be misleading us so it looks like people are more isolated than they are. Then again, Norman's Daryl is supposed to have a "magnificent" episode in the second half, so is that by himself or is that also with Emily Kinney's Beth?
Do you think Beth and Daryl will stick together in the final eight episodes of Season 4, split up at some point, or maybe even find others to join their mini group?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.