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‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Thinks Daryl and Beth Romance Has ‘Slim Chance’


The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman shared his feelings with Entertainment Weekly on the much-hyped romance between Daryl Dixon and Beth Greene. And for “Beryl” shippers everywhere, his outlook on the prospect of the pair getting together does not look good. Kirkman told EW:

“They’re growing close, just as anyone who is stuck in that situation would grow close. Now whether or not that is going to evolve into a romantic relationship remains to be seen. They’ve already been separated, so my hopes for that to happen are pretty low. There’s a pretty slim chance of that relationship coming together and it continues the narrative of poor old Daryl is unlucky in love.”

For Walking Dead fans everywhere, specifically “Bethyl” shippers, this does not bode well. For those not aware of what the term “shippers” refers to, Urban Dictionary lends us an explanation:

“The term “shipper” comes from supporting a ship. To ship something means a person wants two characters to get together and/or shows support for two characters already together,” the site says. In The Walking Dead‘s case, the ship refers to Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus and Beth Greene, played by Emily Kinney. Urban Dictionary also provides the origin of the term:

“The term ‘ship’ came from the X-Files fandom, when fanfics were written about Mulder and Scully. The fans then called themselves shippers. It quickly spread and is now the title a person gives themselves if they believe two characters should or will be together.”

Besides the Daryl Dixon and Beth Greene relationship, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman also spoke at length regarding this week’s episode. As previously reported by Inquisitr, Kirkman described Sunday’s episode, titled The Grove in very ominous terms:

“I would say this is a big one. It’s definitely one that people are going to remember and it’s definitely one people are going to talk about. If there is one episode of The Walking Dead that you absolutely had to watch this season, it would be this one.”

He added: “It’s going to be a big episode. We’re going to catch a lot of people off guard.” Usually when an episode of The Walking Dead is mentioned in these kind of terms, it generally means a character is about to die. And by the looks of the promos for The Grove, it could be Lizzie, one of the children survivors.

In fact, brought up a conversation they’d had previously with the show’s star Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes. He told EW that “he could not believe you guys were actually doing what you were doing.” When asked if this episode of The Walking Dead is that episode, Robert Kirkman bluntly replied: “That would definitely be this episode.”

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5 Responses to “‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Thinks Daryl and Beth Romance Has ‘Slim Chance’”

  1. Krista Martino

    I don't really believe anything Kirkman says in interviews regarding actual plot points, like who lives, who dies, and who gets with whom. I believe when he says that the next episode will be controversial, that it will be. But when he says things like, "I don't think Daryl and Beth will have a shot," I just take it with a grain of salt, because he's boldly lied about plot points when people get too close to the truth before. Everyone was claiming that Tyreese, who ran off after the kids in the mid-season finale, had likely grabbed Judith and saved her — even I felt this to be the case while watching it. Following this rumor, Kirkman addressed it by stating that Judith was dead and we'd never see the baby again. But he lied through his teeth, as we discover she's alive and well in "Inmates." There have been several other events where he's been asked, rather accurately, about plot predictions, and he's given the complete opposite answer to misdirect or dishearten viewers. I guess I'd just prefer to hear him say, "I don't know," instead of saying, "that definitely won't happen" or "that definitely will." So, when he say something is "slim" in happening, I usually take it as, "you're probably right, it will happen as people predict it will, but I can't tell you that or I'd be spoiling it." So, I think Daryl and Beth getting "closer" is bound to happen, especially since I don't think Daryl could really forgive the things Carol has been doing, especially after "the Grove," if it goes the way I think it's going and Carol gets her hands even dirtier. So, Daryl needs to get Beth back. I think that connection the writers explored is too important for a meager 2-episode arc. There's way too much more to examine about the Daryl & Beth relationship. Plus, I've been waiting for them to take on more themes from the comics, like a May-December romance, and Daryl & Beth fit that bill very nicely.

  2. Bonnie Melton

    Well, hopefully he's not lying because Daryl and Beth is a bad pairing in my humble opinion. Beth is a teenager, Daryl's old enough to be her dad. It's creepy to have media still displaying this gross idea that older men should be after women 20 years younger than them, like teenage girls need a 'daddy replacement'. To be honest I haven't watched the last few episodes, so I don't know how they're playing them, but just the idea turns my stomach a little. And to be completely selfish, I don't like Beth, while I do like Daryl, so I'd rather see Daryl with another character I liked than one I didn't. Like Carol, who totally needs to be redeemed already.

  3. Omar Gharbieh

    A Beth-Daryl relationship would be disgusting. I don't know why anybody would support it. He's like 20 years older than her (maybe more?). That's why The Walking Dead should make it happen 😉

  4. David Avalos

    Hey, I'd like to see Daryl and Beth get together. I wasn't a big fan of Beth, but in the last several episodes, I've kind of became a fan of Beth. She's a good person. I've really enjoyed the episodes show casing the 2 of them. And for me, the opposite has kind of happened with Carol. Not so big on her now. If I had to choose, I'd take Maggie. But Beth is kind of growing on me.

  5. Tara Marseglia

    Ya' know, that's what I thought at first too, when first watching "Alone". But upon subsequent viewings of clips courtesey of Youtube and the AMC website, I began to see something very Rochester/Jane Eyre about the two, and it started to make more and more sense to me. And hey, if it's good enough for cannon literature, it's good enough for TWD.

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