Do you watch The Walking Dead weekly? Do you remember Beth (Emily Kinney)? Are you starting to think that her sister Maggie (Lauren Cohan) doesn’t? You’re not alone. Aside from all the other unanswered questions in the fifth season of The Walking Dead, the biggest may be why Maggie isn’t more concerned about the whereabouts of her half-sister Beth, or more to the point, why she hasn’t even taken two-and-a-half seconds out of the very busy season to ponder the question: “I wonder what happened to Beth?” Fortunately, Walking Dead comic creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman has appeared with an answer. An oddly pragmatic and straightforward answer, but an answer nonetheless.
If you need a refresher, or just otherwise don’t care about being spoiled, to recap: Beth was kidnapped by some people in a car with a white cross painted on the back while the group of zombie apocalypse survivors were separated after their prison oasis was destroyed. Daryl (Norman Reedus) was the only witness to Beth’s abduction, and when he again saw the car that took her in episode two, he and Carol (Melissa McBride) gave chase. We’ve since come to learn that Beth was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, where the administration has a rather stringent definition of “single-payer,” essentially trapping Beth until she’s paid back their investment in saving her life. Maggie, meanwhile, joined Abraham and Co. on his quest to get Eugene to Washington D.C. with his zombie-cure, which tuned out to be a zombie-can’t because Eugene was a big ole liar.
In spite of all the plot development though, there’s been a bugaboo amongst Walking Dead fans as to why Maggie seems rather blasé about Beth’s fate. But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman hopes to shed some light on the situation.
“It’s definitely something that will be explored. Maggie is aware that her sister is out there. Because of the nature of this world, she is probably a little bit more willing to admit that she is more than likely dead than Daryl is. That’s Daryl’s M.O. Daryl is somebody who wouldn’t stop looking for Sophia. He is not somebody that is going to accept reality in the way some of these other characters will.
You can also complain that Maggie hasn’t expressed too much loss over Hershel (Scott Wilson) just because we haven’t spent a great many scenes talking about the loss of her father. There’s been so much other stuff going on that this character is dealing that there hasn’t been an opening where she would sit down and say, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s still out there. What can we do?’
Daryl and Carol hadn’t gone on a mission to find Beth until they saw that car. There are really no options here. If Maggie had somehow been with Daryl in that scene, she would have been racing after that car jut as intently as Daryl had. The story just hasn’t shaken down that way. We will be dealing with it in upcoming episodes and you’ll definitely see where Maggie stands on this. I do stand by the fact that the character’s behavior is very much in line with the way we’ve established her.”
That’s fair, I suppose. Though I think some of us really weren’t looking for a soliloquy from Maggie on the subject of her lost sister, but maybe something like a line or two acknowledging that she didn’t make it to Terminus.
In other spoiler news, the show’s just two episodes away from its mid-season finale “Coda,” which means the speculation is well underway as to who amongst the main cast could be next on the proverbial chopping block. Our own Mark Poynter, with his knowledge of musical terminology, has a clue:
“Coda is a term used in music in a number of different senses, primarily to designate a passage that brings a piece to an end. Technically, it is an expanded cadence. It may be as simple as a few measures, or as complex as an entire section.
“Now we all know that Beth is the music in The Walking Dead.. could this be a foreshadow of her death? Or it could just be another way to say that the Beth portion of this story at the hospital is ending…”
A compelling bit of speculation. After last night’s tour through Carol’s not-so-greatest hits though, I’m forced to wonder though if she’s the one whose time may be be limited. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that its unlikely that both women will make it out of Grady Memorial alive. Feel free to sound off with your own idle speculation below.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.