I’m super thankful that my gut-wrenching prediction DID NOT happen. See my notes below.
I have a horrible, horrible feeling regarding the mid-season finale for The Walking Dead. Thanks to Norman Reedus (see below), we all know something tragic is going to happen. Someone will die–it’s just matter of figuring out who it is (or waiting until it airs, if that’s your thing).
— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) November 20, 2014
So, let’s get down to business. I have three likely culprits. Warning–potential SPOILERS if you have not seen the most recent episode of The Walking Dead.
1. Beth (WINNER)
This is the one I (and most of TWD fans) would be okay with. Yes, it’s kind of nice seeing Beth come into her own. She’s gotten a little feisty, a little clever. But, really, it’s Beth. She probably should have been gone a few season back. Good for her for getting this far in the game. THIS also suggests it’s Beth–but it’s a few weeks old, and times, they are a’changing. With that said, Beth could get a decent death. She could go out a hero–saving Carol; and/or sacrificing herself for the greater good. From what I gather, TWD crew enjoys giving their characters meaningful or important deaths.
Note: I felt pretty impartial toward Beth in the end. While I can appreciate her development, I think I wrote her off as an expendable, throwaway character too soon. I think we all can agree that she lasted a lot longer than expected. With all that said, her death was heart-wrenching. It was shocking, quick — and sad. For a while the joke was “Why isn’t Maggie looking for Beth, her SISTER?” I am going to assume that this was Maggie’s method for dealing with the situation. She assumed she was dead — therefore, she didn’t want to deal with the hope that she could be alive. So, when she discovers that Beth IS in fact alive — only to see her lifeless body in the end, that just made it all the more terrible. Beth died twice for Maggie. I suspect she’s going to be pretty broken in the second half of this season.
Prior to last night’s episode, I seriously thought Carol would be the one going. She’s been amazing this season…. BUT they can’t kill her off in her condition. Carol needs to go out fighting. Right now, she’s half-dead–and I don’t see her making a crazy recovery in the time allotted. Besides, why would they have Beth so involved in saving Carol–if they were just going to kill her off in the end. I think Carol might stick around for a bit longer.
This all leads me to my last prediction–and the one I think will actually happen.
It’s all about misdirection. Right now, we’re so focused on Beth, Carol and the hospital, but what about the small church group? In those few Church scene moments last night, Judith was crying. A lot. And then Father Gabriel (damn him!) flees the building via the church floor boards. So, here’s my theory: Rick & co will storm the hospital. They will save Carol–and maybe Beth. It’ll be intense. They will return to the church to find the mayhem aftermath. While the church is boarded up from the outside, Judith’s cries will eventually lure the walkers to enter from below–to Father Gabriel’s hole in the floor. Michonne and Carl will fight off what they can and they will survive. But, Judith? She’ll be that heart-wrenching casualty.
Note: Judith lives to see another day! I’m now thinking they really CAN’T kill Judith. It’d be too much.
My thoughts on the subject?
Should this scenario occur, I am going to have a really hard time digesting this one. If Judith were to die, she should have gone 1)at birth with Lori, or 2)during season 4’s mid-season finale (when we saw the bloody car seat). Her death will destroy Rick (and Carl…and Daryl… and Carol…and everyone). Sure, it’s ridiculous trying to care for a baby in the zombie apocalypse, but they’ve brought her this far. Maybe she should have died; however, THIS will fuck with my emotions. Disclaimer: I am a mother of two (a three-year-old and a four-month-old). It hits home. It’s funny how tastes can change when you have kids.
P.S. I hope I’m wrong.
Note: I was!