In a heartbreaking shock to many Emily Kinney’s character was killed off in Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.
After being discharged from Grady Memorial, Beth was killed by self-appointed dictator Dawn. Daryl in turn avenged Beth’s death by killing Dawn. The world was filled with sad TWD fans, but none were sadder than Emily Kinney herself, reports TV Line, who interviewed Kinney about her departure from the hit TV series.
Kinney told TV Line that she has known since August that Beth was being killed off.
“I found out the day the script [for the episode] came out. I was very sad,” Kinney said.
Kinney fought back tears when she was asked if she read the script right away.
“I didn’t really feel like reading it. Also, the next day, I still had all of [Episode 5.07] to shoot. All of the Beth scenes you saw last week were done in two days of shooting. So I wasn’t anxious to read the next script,” Kinney said crying at the end.
“I think the original plan was for everyone to get a call [before they read it in the script]. I know when Scott Wilson was killed off [in Season 4], everyone was called [ahead of time]. And I think Scott Gimple originally [planned to do] that because he had times set up to talk to everyone that day. [But] I know not everyone got called, because some people called me the next morning when they read the script. Like, Norman Reedus and Andy [Lincoln] didn’t get any kind of call or anything like that,” Kinney shared.
Kinney says she had to deal with a lot of logistics once she found out her days on TWD were over.
“Like figuring out what to do with my place. I’ve basically lived on and off in Atlanta for four years,” she said.
Kinney says her storyline was well written, but she was not ready to say goodbye.
“I think the writing throughout has been great, but I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I think the Beth character, in particular… more could’ve been done with a teenager growing up [in that world]. I did not see it coming at all, especially this season. It’s weird, because I would’ve been OK with this happening in the second season or the third season, when I was like, ‘Oh, maybe this character is coming to a close. What else is there to do with her?’ But now I feel differently… I feel like there was still so much more to explore, like, what could have happened with Daryl?” she shared.
Kinney says that she was given no real explanation for the decision to kill Beth off.
“I think the whole point is there is no rhyme or reason. It’s like real-life. Why does that person [die] as opposed to other people? We really don’t quite know why,” she said.
TWD’s mid-season finale began in dramatic fashion as Rick chased down a fleeing Bob in a cop car. Rick rammed into him breaking his neck, reports Insider TV.
The dramatic start was soon forgotten as many tears across the globe fell as Beth took her last breath.
What do you think TWD fans, was killing Beth off a good idea?