The Walking Dead has been difficult for every family we\'ve come to know and care about. That\'s one of the reasons why our people have a become a family of their own. But as episode 5.8 makes clear, some families have it worse than others in this post-apocalyptic world.
Hershel\'s family was in pain from the get-go, with Hershel at first holding on to the hope that walkers could and would be eventually cured. But the killing of Hershel was probably the worst thing the Governor did. And now we have Beth gone the way of her father, leaving just Maggie as the last survivor.
Dawn had some kind of feelings for Beth. Her insistence on keeping Noah after the exchange had been successfully concluded only makes sense because Dawn was thinking Beth wouldn\'t want to leave without Noah, and would therefore stay with Dawn\'s group. Beth figured that out, but tragically, she was never a killer. Pushing someone who\'s attacking you down an elevator shaft does not really make you a killer. And so Beth\'s stabbing Dawn didn\'t do the job, if the job Beth wanted to do was kill Dawn. And so Beth was the one who was killed - by Dawn - leaving it to Daryl to kill Dawn.
That was also a highly significant move for Daryl, who had become more reasonable and less reactive of late, being a moderating influence on Rick of all people, who had become more aggressive, as we saw again tonight. So the death of Beth closes the book not only on her innocence, but maybe the dawn of Daryl\'s as well.
In the end, as shocking as Beth\'s death was, it wasn\'t as palpably traumatic as Lori\'s, Shane\'s, or, again, Hershel\'s. That\'s because Beth had an innocence that was always a little too much for this wicked, bloody world. Her loss makes sense in that sense, but will rob The Walking Dead of a rare, gentle, and tough character.
See also: The Walking Dead 5.1: The Redemption of Carole ... The Walking Dead 5.3: Meets Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone ... The Walking Dead 5.4: Hospital of Horror ... The Walking Dead 5.5: Anatomy of a Shattered Dream ... The Walking Dead 5.6-7: Slow
And see also The Walking Dead 4.1: The New Plague ... The Walking Dead 4.2: The Baby and the Flu ... The Walking Dead 4.3: Death in Every Corner ...The Walking Dead 4.4: Hershel, Carl, and Maggie ... The Walking Dead 4.6: The Good Governor ... The Walking Dead 4.7: The Governor\'s Other Foot ... The Walking Dead 4.8: Vintage Fall Finale ... The Walking Dead 4.9: A Nightmare on Walking Dead Street ... The Walking Dead 4:14: Too Far ... The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale: From the Gunfire into the Frying Pan
And see also The Walking Dead 3.3 meets Meadowlands ... The Walking Dead 3.4: Going to the Limit ... The Walking Dead 3.9: Making Crazy Sense ... The Walking Dead 3.10: Reinforcements ... The Walking Dead 3.11: The Patch ... The Walking Dead 3.12: The Lesson of Morgan ... The Walking Dead 3.13: The Deal ... The Walking Dead 3.14: Inescapable Parable ... The Walking Dead 3.15: Merle ... The Walking Dead 3.16: Kill or Die, or Die and Kill
And see also The Walking Dead Back on AMC ... The Walking Dead 2.2: The Nature of Vet ... The Walking Dead 2.3: Shane and Otis ... The Walking Dead 2.4: What Happened at the Pharmacy ... The Walking Dead 2.6: Secrets Told ... The Walking Dead 2.7: Rick\'s Way vs. Shane\'s Way ... The Walking Dead 2.8: The Farm, the Road, and the Town ... The Walking Dead 2.9: Worse than Walkers ... The Walking Dead 2.11: Young Calling the Shots ... The Walking Dead 2.12: Walkers Without Bites ... The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale
And see also The Walking Dead 1.1-3: Gone with the Wind, Zombie Style ... The Walking Dead Ends First Season
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Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City. His 8 nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009, 2nd edition 2012), have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into 12 languages. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (1999, ebook 2012), Borrowed Tides (2001), TheConsciousness Plague (2002, 2013), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To SaveSocrates (2006, ebook 2012), and Unburning Alexandria (2013). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Paul Levinson appears on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Nightline” (ABC), NPR, and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. His 1972 album, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2009 (CD) and 2010 (remastered vinyl). He reviews the best of television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.
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