These Dead Ain’t Walking

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the walking dead

So, The Walking Dead.  Who doesn’t love zombies and a good, juicy, brain and guts post-apocalyptic teevee show? Of course, TWD has upped the game with so deep it’s subterreanean character development, bare ass raw performances and a mirror image of humanity’s eternal struggle between the self and the soul.

This show is good.  This show is great.  This show is so many more eloquent and descriptive words that break down to balls out awesome.

Some people have a hard time with the slower episodes.  Some people have a hard time with the character development over plot and action episodes.  Some people have a hard time with the losses we invariably suffer in such a tumultuous world.  Some people wouldn’t know good television if it walked right up and shot them through the brain with a crossbow bolt.

I have a hard time with the losses.  Herschel laid me flat for days.  Merle could have brought so much more. Shane, even though he irked me nearly as much as Andrea, could have continued to stir the pot and twist the plot.

I mourn them all, but I can generally accept that life is brief and vicious in the new world and each death inspired something crucial to the plot or the other characters.

Dale and Herschel were the moral centers.  They forced humanity upon the group and they needed the opportunity the choose or reject it for themselves.  Andrea was the group’s albatross and had to be ended or end them all eventually.  Lori was the martyred mother, redeemed by bringing hope into the world.  Merle had to go to allow Daryl to fully embody the man he already was.

But Beth.  Oh why in the name of fuck and the sweet lady internet, did Beth have to die?

Maybe we just can’t see the reason why until the entire season concludes.  Maybe ours is not to wonder why. Maybe this was a misstep for the sake of drama.

The more I consider it, the more I am devastated by it.  Beth started out as a bit player, an annoyance being kept alive against her will in a place where those efforts could be better used elsewhere.  But she grew and changed in these unexpected and atypical ways that made you think – really?  Beth?  Huh, who’d a thunk?

I am firmly ensconced on Team Caryl, but I would have loved to watch whatever was going on between Daryl and Beth play out.  The intimacy between them was incredibly real and those nuances could have been plumbed for seasons to come.  Her relationship with Maggie was a potential goldmine.  But the most epic storyline she had to offer was the being that little big eyed blond girl in a world full of greasy, grizzled fighters looking to protect her and her struggling to show them that she could give as good as she got.

This death is the biggest loss to me because it was senseless and against character and wrapped up the hospital arc in a shiny ass bow.

Pop that gum and swang that ponytail, girl.  You were a badass, to be sure.  But you were also a defier of stereotypes and unabashedly adherent to the way your youness was unfolding.  I wish we could still bear witness to your so called life.  Give ’em hell in heaven, honey child.  This earth is less because you’re not here.

joules

I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

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65 Posts | Member since 2012-08-17
I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

  2 comments for “These Dead Ain’t Walking

  1. February 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    i came late to TWD, so hubs and I just binge watched from the beginning. It is so great. I hated Beth at first, but she totally grew on me. Nothing will get me like Mika and Lizzie….unless they kill Carl.
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    • February 18, 2015 at 11:14 am

      I hated Beth at first too, especially the whole suicide thing. Just let her do it already, other people are fighting to live. But she came into her own. But yeah, the kid stuff is no bueno. Lizzie was super creepy though.

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