Another one bit the dust on ‘The Walking Dead’s mid-season 5 finale, but why? Here’s why I think [SPOILER] should have lived — and why.
On the mid-season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) risked everything to save their beloved Carol (Melissa McBride) and Beth (Emily Kinney) from Grady Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, the hospital’s power hungry leader, Dawn (Christine Woods), is not ready to let them off the hook just yet.
‘The Walking Dead’s Shocking Death
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Seriously, if you have not watched the mid-season 5 finale yet, do not keep reading. The episode will be spoiled for you!
Alright, now that you’ve been warned — the shocking death on the Nov. 30 episode was, sadly, Beth.
I have to admit that the moment she died I was more enraged than I was upset. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, it was a bit predictable, wasn’t it?
Beth and Dawn were circling each other like sharks since episode 4, so it was bound to come to a head at some point. Not to mention, the hostage “trade off” that Rick and Daryl planned appeared to be going way too smoothly. Someone was bound to die in those tense final minutes of the mid-season finale.
But, why did it have to be Beth? That’s what really angers me. We spent the entire first half of season 5 chasing after two things: getting Eugene to Washington D.C. with the cure, and saving Beth.
Once Beth died at the end of the mid-season finale, the entire season felt pointless. I suddenly felt like Abraham at the end of episode 6 — my entire post-apocalyptic life felt like one big lie.
Beth Could Have Survived After Grady Memorial
Since the prison fell and both Beth and Daryl were separated from the rest of the group in season 4, she has transformed into the survivor she needed to be.
When we first met Beth at the farmhouse in season 2, she was weak. She was not built for this post-apocalyptic world where every day was a vicious fight for her life. Remember that she’s the one who tried to take her own life, and that was when most of her family was still alive and well inside the safety of their own home.
But, it was after the prison, and, notably, after she watched the Governor behead her father, Hershel, that Beth really began to change. Suddenly, she wasn’t afraid any more. Suddenly, she had a new lease on life and she was ready to take each day as it came instead of cowering behind someone else.
You would think that had been ripped from her once the Grady Memorial officers kidnapped her in season 4, but it didn’t. If anything, it made her stronger — she was constantly standing up for herself.
Beth would have been an asset to the group, especially now that they were all back together at the end of the mid-season finale. She would not have been dead weight, she would have been a perfect fit under the Ricktatorship.
The group, and the fans, lost so much hope this season. There was no safety at Terminus, there was no safety at the church, there was no cure. Why couldn’t we have one success? Why couldn’t Beth have walked out of that hospital alive?
I guess that’s the bittersweet joy of being a The Walking Dead fan. You never know what’s going to come next, and they are always ready and willing to rip the rug out from underneath you when they need to.
But, it still sucks to feel so hopeless. Let’s see what the February mid-season premiere has to bring us!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers — Did Beth deserve to die at the end of the mid-season finale? Would you have rather she lived? Tell me why or why not in the comments below!
— Lauren Cox