If you weren’t watching the Oscars, you probably caught this slow burner of an episode which featured Daryl and Beth. Maybe I should start calling them “Baryl”, because there were a few moments when it seemed the show was headed that way. Though it left many unsatisfied, I think it tried to give Beth some much needed depth and character development and we got another tiny piece of the puzzle that is Daryl Dixon.
Along a dirt road, Baryl come across an abandoned car that they have to hide in the trunk of until a storm and a group of walkers passes. It was a tense, ‘Out of Sight‘ like moment with Daryl never putting his crossbow down during the hours they spent in there. Everyone is just trying to stay alive, but it seems like these two are having the hardest time. At least Rick, Carl and Michonne got to hunker down in a house for a bit. Not wanting to spend another night in the woods, and tired of Daryl ignoring her in favor of a burnt snake, Beth decides that she can take care of herself, and with her dad gone, she can finally try alcohol. But where to get it? They stumble upon a country club, filled with the bodies of members murdered by the staff. She does get her hands on a bottle of wine, but has to use it to kill a walker. Peach Schnapps is the only thing left in the bar and as Daryl says, if you’re going to have your first drink, it definitely should not be Peach Schnapps.
Daryl takes her to a hideout that he found with Michonne that has a supply of moonshine. Her first drink goes down smooth, but then she starts playing a game of “I’ve Never” that ends with Daryl going off on her about well, being a sheltered white girl. Some poor walker gets the worst of his rant, and I thought for a moment they were going to kiss, instead Beth offered up a hug as he cried. Later he apologized for being a dick and before they set off again they decide to burn the whole place down. Never mind that they would probably start a huge forest fire attracting a bunch of walkers, but you know, FREEDOM! Beth might not be a grooooooown woman just yet, but having a drink, something she wasn’t allowed to do in her old life and something that is seen as a “rite of passage” by many a teen, is a “normal” thing she needed to do to move on. She can take care of herself, if she really has to, but she does need others to survive. The fact that there aren’t that many people for her to depend on, at the moment, is the challenge she has to face.
Beth doesn’t see Daryl the way he sees himself, another redneck who’s never had anything. While unleashing on her, he says that he feels responsible for what happened at the prison between them and The Governor. They don’t know that anyone else survived, so the weight of all their friends and family possibly being dead is bearing down on him. Daryl has never been the friendliest dude, and he has only really opened up to Carol and Michonne, so seeing him be more human is a good thing. I have to say though, his crossbow really isn’t the most effective weapon. It does the job from a yard away, but then you have to go collect the arrows from the walkers. He should have kept one of those golf clubs!
Next week we’ll catch up with the last of the group, Maggie, Sasha and Bob and things look like they’ll get really intense for the three.