Is it ironic to say that the after show was more interesting than the actual show? Because that’s what happened. I enjoyed the Talking Dead more than the Welcome back Beth! episode and I thank you Ana Gasteyer!
You can hate me for this and even call me unfair, but I never really liked Beth. And I think everyone, even Beth herself, would be okay with me saying that, because Beth is not a likable character. There is a reason why Beth is not a major player in the group – some would disagree but we’ve gone 3 episodes not knowing where she is and did we really care? Maybe we did, but I think it was more for Daryl or her less caring sister’s sake – it’s because she’s, kind of boring, or predictable. You choose. And yeah, this episode was kind of boring. You have your scrapes with a walker here and there, but nothing extreme. And I think Beth herself described it in the most accurate way.
“If you feel safe enough to be bored, you’re lucky.”
And we don’t want lucky. We want action! We want screaming and running and your occasional Judith close ups while being held by Daryl moments!
But I get it. Not every episode is about survival. Sometimes we just need people holding you captive for so and so reasons.
The episode opens with Beth waking up in a hospital, which is a really nice call back to the first episode of when Rick wakes up from his coma. She is greeted by two people that I immediately do NOT like who insists that she has to stay because they saved her life.
I don’t like Dawn. She’s a megalomaniac who thinks she’s saving the world. I guess that’s redundant. The more I see her the more I hate her. She’s a badge wearing, uniform doning, OCD, who you know, has not been out there. And it’s a good contrast to the different types of leaders we’ve seen so far. There was this poll in the after show as to whether Dawn is a better leader than Gareth. I know we all hate Gareth because he’s a sadistic cannibal but at least he’s not a pretentious coward like Dawn, who has to slap other people to feel that she’s in control. And if you would really analyze the episode then you would know that Dawn is just as bad.
We know from Noah that Dawn is pretty selective with who she thinks deserves their saving. According to him, he was saved rather than his father because his father was stronger and would have fought back. Basically, they’re saving scrawny guys that they can order around, young girls the male officers can guilt trip to having sex with them and people that they have use for, like that doctor that the other doctor got killed.
By the end of the episode Beth already has the hospital figured out. Dawn is delusional and her leadership is hanging by a thread. She’s keeping the male officers alliance by whoring the other girls all because of the “greater good” and Beth is not having it.
That girl Joan chose to be bitten by Walkers than stay another day and even in the first few minutes of the episode, you see an officer leaving a room with a girl who clearly is not up for talking with Beth. Beth is dumbfounded because she looks about the same age as she is. She should be totally jumping up and down with excitement and exchanging their speculations as to who Gossip Girl is.
The episode ends with Carol being wheeled in. A little battered but at least we know she’s alive. And now we all know that she’s not the one with Daryl from last week’s episode. Are we going to see some Carol and Beth action? God, I hope so. I just want Carol to hold Dawn down while Beth kicks her in the crotch. Too much?
I’d have to say that I am now slowly turning to a Beth fan. They say that the apocalypse sparks that necessary brutality in you and we get to see a little bit of that from everyone. Rick with his neck biting. Carol with her kid killing. Sasha with her multiple stabbing and some others. Beth has now come face to face with that change and it’s fun having to see that because we don’t want her to just sit down and wait for someone to rescue her. We want her to Rambo her way out of there. I personally wanted her to gouge Gorman’s eyes out but I guess being eaten by a Walker was a satisfying payback.
So in the comments below, what did you feel about this week’s episode? Was Beth’s disappearance worth all that hype? Did you want to slice off Gorman’s penis as bad as I wanted to? Let me know.