Tough times are ahead for two of The Walking Dead’s most popular characters in Season 5. That’s the message creator Robert Kirkman shared in a new interview.
“To a certain extent this might send Daryl on a spiral,” Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly recently in regards to the effect Beth’s death will have on Norman Reedus’ character.
“We’ve seen Daryl integrate into the group in ways that he hasn’t done in the past and grow much closer to Rick and much closer to Carol than he ever was,” Robert said. “But coming out of Beth’s death and how he opened up to that character and really cared for her and then ended up losing her — that might lead to him being a little bit more distant, which is going to lead to some other things that I can’t talk about.”
Beth’s death will also have a ripple effect that impacts her last remaining blood relative, Maggie, as she tries to cope with this new loss.
“Maggie to a certain extent is adrift,” Kirkman explains. “One by one she has slowly lost her family, the Greene family.”
The Walking Dead creator elaborated further on Beth’s death impacting Maggie.
“She’s definitely got a lot to deal with… and for her it’s kind of a two step grieving process because she thought that she had lost Beth when she lost her father. And it was kind of like a one-two punch of, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve lost this person.’ And it was an uplifting moment and a moment of hope when she was told that Beth was out there and Beth was actually alive, but then she immediately found out the opposite. And so it was really kind of a gut wrenching series of events that she’s had to experience, and that’ll weigh on her tremendously.”
Kirkman does bring up the fact that Maggie has Glenn to lean on, calling him a dose of “stability” in her life. Which makes comments recently reported by Inquisitr all the more troubling.
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead!]
As fans of the comics already know, Glenn’s TV counterpart may not be long for the world of The Walking Dead because of what has already occurred in the graphic novel. According to Cinema Blend, creator Robert Kirkman may have confirmed that nugget of info when he appear on Comedy Central’s @Midnight, hosted by Chris Hardwick.
When asked about potential “fake spoilers” for The Walking Dead show, Kirkman answered very matter of factly that “eventually a character named Negan is introduced, and he’s going to bash in Glenn’s brains with a baseball bat called Lucille.”
Whether or not this comes to pass on screen as it did in the comic book remains to be seen. Only Robert Kirkman himself knows the answer for sure.