Walking Dead Producer Scott Gimple Says Killing Beth Was Necessary


The Walking Dead killed off a major character on Sunday’s midseason finale, and producer Scott Gimple is defending what happened as a necessary thing. 

When The Walking Dead killed off Beth Greene in the midseason finale episode of the show, there was a lot of shock and sadness from fans all over. Beth was a character who had just proven how strong she was — perhaps too strong for her own good. She confronted a character who thought she was strong in Dawn who ended up being nothing more than a coward.

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The death of Beth is still resonating with fans of the series, and producer Scott Gimple is on the defense when ti comes to fans — and even Emily Kinney herself — protesting the death.

According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple noted that the death of Beth was a tragic one, but a death that needed to happen.

"We wanted to tell a story about a character that found out that she was strong all along. What ever that was thrown at her brought out that strength. In the end, someone who wanted to appear strong — a compromised person [Dawn], wound up taking her out, which is just a tragic story. It’s not a fun story or a story we took lightly. Beth didn’t die because she was weak; Beth died because she was strong and that’s painful, and it’s not fun and it’s not to be taken lightly — and we don’t."

Beth dying is going to have a lot of long term effects on the show and that means it’s going to come back time and time again. While she had so much promise, that’s exactly what makes death so tragic as a show about zombies continues to keep it real in very human ways.

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