‘The Walking Dead’ Robert Kirkman Killing His Darlings
The Walking Dead, Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman have gotten the formula for success right, with the comic creator killing his darlings on the television show at opportune times. The voluntary sacrifice of Beth Greene, who does not exist in the comic verse of the dead, managed to skyrocket the mid season finale rating through the AMC roof. According to TV by the Numbers from zap2it, the viewing figures for Sunday’s episode reached 14.8 million. This particular feat is not unusual for the television show that is apparently the number one series in the country, even beating out Sunday Night Football a staggering five times this year.
The Walking Dead: So Long Emily Kinney and Moving On (Trailer)
So after a huge build up about the death of a major character in The Walking Dead season five was anyone really surprised that the show would be moving on and saying so long to Emily Kinney as Beth? Hints began back in season four when Beth was taken from Daryl after she gets out of the creepy walking dead filled funeral home in episode 13, Alone, her fate has been in question. Once season five started, it was revealed that she was in a hospital being held captive by the mentally screwed up Officer Dawn. Although to be honest, it looked like the girl was in danger of being beaten to death by the violence prone cop in charge before she was finally dispatched with a bullet to the head after stabbing Lerner with a pair of scissors in Sunday’s episode.
The Walking Dead’ Mid Season Finale: Hello Eugene Goodbye Beth
The Walking Dead midseason finale felt like a 1950s song title, “Hello Eugene, Goodbye Beth.” While not as catchy as “Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart,” the idea is the same, Eugene showing up, albeit still unconscious or asleep, and Beth getting taken out at the episode’s end equalled loss of heart. As in broken. The wails of grief could be witnessed on Twitter as fans of the show all expressed their dismay that Maggie Greene’s younger sister was shot through the head after the tense trade off in the hospital corridor.
The Walking Dead Talking Dead Preview: Beth in the Sheet?
If ever there was an OMG moment in The Walking Dead this year, apart from the teaser at the beginning of season five at Terminus, it has to be the Talking Dead preview that aired on Sunday, November 9, was that Beth in the sheet? It has been pointed out by several folks, although first shout has got to goe to Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. The presenter’s face surely must have mirrored that of every viewer who watched that clip. His expression was that of disbelieving shock and his statement that the sheet covered object was “Beth sized,” was what every fan was thinking.