The Walking Dead Finale and Barbecued Beth?

The Walking Dead Finale and Barbecued Beth?
The Internet is awash with articles about last night’s The Walking Dead finale and whether or not that plate of barbecued meat was the remnants of missing Beth. Admittedly, it is easier to expect the worst possible scenario whenever a major character goes missing. Especially when said character has had some sort of personal epiphany and grows because of it.

Maggie’s little sister has, for the most part, been a very confused person. While in the prison, Beth vacillated between depression and annoyance. After Hershel was decapitated and the prison overrun by walkers, she wound up with Daryl. Quite possibly the worst companion that a confused young lady could end up with.

While Daryl’s tendency to be stoically taciturn and whose idea of communication can run the scale between sullen silence and the odd grunt, he had become very talkative in the prison, bonding with not only Carol but Michonne. After watching Beth and Daryl come to terms with each other’s particular idiosyncrasies it became evident that the loss of the prison, while catastrophic, was a defining moment for this young lady.

Bonding over moonshine and, later, over the bodies in a funeral home, the two looked like they were going to become an item. But nothing in The Walking Dead lasts for long and after the zombie attack at the “house of the dead” Beth is kidnapped. As Daryl stumbles after the departing car which holds Beth, the viewer feels his pain and loss. Now with the introduction of that plate of barbecued meat in the show’s finale at Terminus, was Daryl about to be reunited with her?

Fans of The Walking Dead, both the comic and the video game, have been speculating about the denizens of Terminus being the cannibals who have figured in both the publication and the game. In the game, at least, the man-eating folks lived on a farm and in the publication the “Hunters” were a group who, after eating their own children, took to killing people for food.

Looking at Terminus, with its loading containers apparently full of live people who call out for help as Rick and his partially reunited group are being herded by the shooters on top of buildings into a “killing field,” it seems that they could be the cannibals that fans have been looking for. This certainly looks like a possible amalgamation of the hunters and the dairy farm occupants, from the game, who have taken to eating their fellow man.

Both Robert Kirkman and Scott Dimple have gone on record by saying that viewers should take nothing for granted and that they should prepare to be surprised when season five starts up. They’ve also said that new Terminus character Gareth will not be the new “big bad.”

Over all, things do not look very good for the missing Beth. We’ve seen two other survivor’s of the prison attack get taken out, Lizzie and Mika in The Grove and earlier, before the mid-season break, Hershel, who was the group’s sage, was murdered by the Governor. So really, whether Kirkman or Gimple want to admit to it, cannibals might be the next big bad, even without including Gareth in their number and Beth, or even Carol and/or Tyreese could have been on that plate.

Since this does seem to be where Terminus may fit in the verse of The Walking Dead finale, despite Kirkman and Gimple’s protestations to the contrary, it does look like that plate of meat could very well be a portion of barbecued Beth. Or, as mentioned above, Tyreese or Carol.

By Michael Smith


Seattle pi

The Oregonian


6 Responses to "The Walking Dead Finale and Barbecued Beth?"

  1. Ramon   July 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    *come outside with Darryl

  2. Ramon   July 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I was thinking that maybe Morgan came to his senses and ran into Beth and figured he’d help her since she didn’t come outside with he thought she was by herself and needed help.

  3. Michael Doherty   April 2, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Actually, with Gabriel being a priest who lost his flock (were eaten) I imagine he’ll sacrifice himself for Rick’s group – religious imagery, human flesh/communion.

  4. Michael Doherty   April 2, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I imagine Gabriel is aware of the horror of Terminus. They probably saw Carol, etc and warned them. They go to investigateand find the bag of guns with Rick’s particular gun (which he purposely swapped for another). Cue rescue resulting in Carol’s honourable death. Interesting to see if they will have Terminus members eating flesh from someone who has been bitten?! Think that happened in the comic. It’s all my guess and could be completely off the mark.

  5. ladylilac   April 1, 2014 at 1:22 am

    The car that took Beth away had a white cross on the back, which has led many viewers to believe she may have been take by Father Gabriel Stokes, a character from the comics. There was a reason Daryl and Beth remarked about how clean and well stocked the funeral home was. I don’t believe the writers would have them do that and then just never reveal who else had been staying there. I highly doubt it was the Hunters. The person who was living there was dressing the walkers to give them a proper funeral, which isn’t something the Hunters would do. Also, why would they need to resort to cannibalism when they had cupboards full of food?

  6. Jason   March 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    There’s no way a major character’s death would go like that… If one of them were victims of cannibals, Gimple/Kirkman would depict the death. Otherwise, you don’t get any of the characters’ reaction to the loss. It’s not dramatic to eat one of your own, unless you knew you were doing so. Otherwise, they just eat a plate of ribs and move on, never having a clue what they’ve done: lame. Terminus has no need to kidnap, like spiders in the web, they just have to sit and wait for their food to come to them. It looks like they’re eating people in the order that they came in. Closer train cars first, and then out to Rick’s group.. Carol, Tyrese, and Judith would arrive around the same time as the others, and will them get thrown in the box. Or they’ll be the ones to help Rick get out..


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