“I know you look at me and you just see another dead girl. I’m not Michonne, I’m not Carol, I’m not Maggie. I survived and you don’t get it, ’cause I’m not like you or them. But I made it! And you don’t get to treat me like crap just because you’re afraid!”
Dear The Walking Dead writers,
Back when Beth Greene said those words, it felt as if she was talking to the audience. An audience that would immediately put in doubt her presence in an episode with the series’ most famous character, who would immediately say she didn’t deserve to share screen time with their beloved Daryl Dixon. An audience that would probably be angry by the time she said those words that she wanted to grieve the way her father had grieved when he lost his son and his wife (many people think of several Hershel and Beth parallels, but they seem to forget after the walkers in the barn were shot, Hershel went off to a bar to drink, and I don’t see anyone calling him out about that.)
It turns out, those words were the start of what I believe is the most emotionally manipulating and extremely unsatisfactory Walking Dead storyline up to date.
Here is what you guys decided to do with Beth Greene:
You gave her a big episode with one of the most successful members of the cast and brought her to the front and center. You highlighted her hope, her inner strength, her ability not to take shit from anyone. You made Daryl Dixon open up to her like he hadn’t opened up to anyone before. You cemented the base of what seemed would be a romantic relationship with said character. You had her kidnapped and taken away from him. You built up an entire storyline revolving around her where she proved, once again, that she was not useless and not a burden. That she was smart, she was strong. She was a survivor.
And then you killed her. Not just killed her. You killed her without a proper reunion with the group she believed in the survival of. You killed her by having her make a decision that made no sense whatsoever. That was completely out of character for the character she had turned out to be. That was completely out of character for the rest of the characters in the scene, who didn’t even attempt to stop her from stepping towards Dawn. “I get it now” were empty words because Beth had caught up on Dawn’s bullshit way before the moment she wanted Noah back. Her death was not heroic, because it was mind-blowingly stupid for you to believe the audience would buy the same girl who had elaborated an escape from the hospital would think stabbing a bulletproof vest-wearing woman on the shoulder was a smart decision.
I have no idea how you finished writing this script and thought “he he he we’re SO SMART, aren’t we going to SHOCK everyone?”
Because yes, you did shock me, with your crappy writing. Continue reading An Open Letter To The Writers of ‘The Walking Dead’