Credit: TWD Wikia Photo: The Walking Dead Comic Book Issue 61 Cover

This is one of the first theories to come out of The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 13. Is it right, wrong, or close? We’ll find out in Season 5.

Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) took over someone’s funeral home in “Alone,” then she disappeared into a car with a white cross on the back. There are any number of things that could’ve happened to Beth, but a top idea was that she was kidnapped/taken/abducted/saved by a TV version of Father Gabriel Stokes, a character from the Walking Dead comic books.

Season 5 just started shooting yesterday, and that’s also when Deadline shared intel on a new character coming to the show. The Wire’s Seth Gilliam will play a man described as "having two sides, displaying a friendly, puckish humor but also having a haunted side stemming from a dark secret."

Not sure about the humor, but the haunted side and dark secret sure sound like Gabriel. The TV show rarely likes to stick to the script, so to speak, when it comes to adapting comic book characters. They prefer the remix approach, and it’s worked well to keep things fresh.

But if Seth is playing a TV version of Gabriel, it would be good news for Beth, because he’s not likely to hurt her. His dark secret, in the books, is related to how members of his congregation wanted sanctuary at his church when the outbreak started, but he turned them away to save himself. So he was a coward, but he felt deep shame about it, and he wasn’t really “evil” or anything.
 

Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Photo: Seth Gilliam at Soho Rep's Spring Gala, April 8, 2013

Rick Grimes’s group comes across Gabriel while on the road to Washington, D.C., in Issue 61 — after the child killer storyline but before The Hunters. On TV, Terminus looks like an adaptation of The Hunters cannibal storyline, and it’s possible Gabriel will end up part of it, but it’s also possible Rick and company run into Gabriel (and Beth?) on the road, once they are free of Terminus. 

AMC released a poster after the Season 4 finale, showing Rick crouched down as light through what looked like a stained-glass window shined onto the floor. Church imagery hinting to Gabriel?

It’s not certain that Seth is Gabriel or that they’ll adapt that story at all. And even if he is Gabriel, it’s not a given that he’s with Beth. They could go in a completely different direction, just to surprise us, or just because they came up with a better idea for TV. But for now we’re circling Seth as the possible answer to our “Where’s Beth?” question.

What do you think? Is your money on the Gabriel/Beth theory or not?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.