Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Daryl Dixon Helps Beth Greene Light a Match in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 12: “Still”

Should we blame that poor little dog?

On The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 13, Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) were talking about the good people left in the world, while using up most of the stuff in a stranger’s funeral home shelter. They heard a scratch at the door and Daryl assumed it was that dog again. Weirdly enough, it was a giant herd of walkers, which you’d almost think they’d have heard since walkers aren’t subtle — and didn’t Daryl and Beth create a whole alarm system out front? Were they set up?

It’s possible whoever took Beth had a hand in that walker attack. Either way, it looked like she was abducted by someone (or more than one someone) in a black car with a white cross on the back. Meanwhile, Daryl had to give up running after the car and he’s now with the bad guys from Rick Grimes’s (Andrew Lincoln) not-exactly restful nap in Episode 11, “Claimed.”

The Hollywood Reporter talked to Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) after “Alone” and asked what she could say about what’s going on with Beth. And how worried should people be for Beth and Daryl? “That's going to be a really good point of suspicion for a while; there's not going to be a quick resolve to that situation,” Lauren said. “It gets very scary. This whole situation that Daryl has found himself in gets really scary. We should be pretty worried about everyone.”

THR also asked what Lauren could say about how Daryl might fare with Joe and his group of marauders. “Daryl has a very measured course in front of him where he really has to watch his steps because this could be a group that might accept him or they might hurt him.”

They seem like bad guys, but on the surface they may assume Daryl is just like them. He looks like he would fit in (another “bow man”), and the former Daryl might actually fit in OK. Merle sure would. But new Daryl is a good guy, and we’re not worried that he’ll turn dark, we’re just worried that he might get hurt in some way. We’re also thinking it’s inevitable that this group will connect with Rick, who will recognize them, and the one guy on the floor will recognize him as well.

So that Daryl storyline is something fans will probably see play out in Episode 15 and 16, after this Carol/Tyreese/kids story on Ep 14. We know “brutality” is mentioned in both synopses for 15 and 16, which suggests not-so nice things. It’s still not clear if that’s just a human on human clash of a kind we’ve seen before or something involving the cannibal group The Hunters. Joe and his buddies may even turn out to be the TV version of The Hunters.

But what about Beth? If her resolution isn’t coming soon, could it be held over even past the season finale? THR asked if whoever kidnapped Beth could be connected to the Joe (Jeff Kober) group with Daryl. “I don't actually know yet, that's how scary it is! I don't like the sound of this group at all or what's happened to Beth. It's very creepy.” Do you think she was being honest in that she didn’t know? Many paths are meant to collide on the season finale, Ep 16, “A,” but maybe the Beth story is a mystery left unsolved until Season 5. That would be frustrating, but if they can bench Carol for most of the season, they can do it to Beth too.

Who are you more worried for, Beth or Daryl? What do you suspect is next for both of them? Will they reunite on the season finale?

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter