The Walking Dead’s mid-season 5 finale entitled ‘Coda’ on AMC, was nothing short of amazing and gut wrenching all at the same time, with the death of a main character who has become a much beloved member of the Walking Dead cast. Fans of the show finally said goodbye to Beth Green as played by Emily Kinney, who along with several others was the episodes main casualty of the story arc from the last few episodes.
This episode has also served to show just how much Officer Rick Grimes has changed since the rising of the dead began in Robert Kirkman’s zombie universe. In this episode we see Rick hit a fleeing Police Officer with his vehicle, before putting a bullet in his head as he lay on the street with a broken back. It seems that the new world has made Rick a lot more like Shane than poor Rick might ever have thought possible, but then again; this new world seems to make monsters out of everyone. Even Beth helped to push a belligerent and threatening adversary to Officer Dawn Lemer, as played by Christine Woods down the hospital’s elevator shaft to the hungry zombies below.
‘Coda’ had plenty of zombie action as well, with Father Gabriel coming close to not only killing himself, but also those left under his care by Rick and the Atlanta-bound group intending to save Beth and Carol. Truth be told, in my opinion Father Gabriel should have been allowed to have been devoured by the zombies as he put Carl, his little sister and Michonne in great danger by leading a large group of zombies back to the church. Perhaps he does have someone watching out for him as I am sure anyone else would never have been fortunate enough to have had Michonne and Carl open the closed church doors!
But the walkers or ‘rotters’ as they are referred to in this story arch were by no means the main threat as Rick and his group are clearly a force to be reckoned with. It is probably lucky for the hospital staff, police force and indentured survivors that Rick allowed his group to try a prisoner swap, as Officer Grimes and his people are as tough and savage as any others when push comes to shove.
But the real pain came as a shocking surprise as Beth is accidentally shot by Officer Dawn, with an immediate executioner’s reaction by Darryl who saw Beth as one of the only innocent and pure things still left in the dead world he now lives within. The pain on Darryl’s face as well as on everyone else’s face standing behind Rick, mirrored the sentiment of the Walking Dead fan base on The Talking Dead after the show, as Beth will truly be missed.
‘Coda‘ was a great episode and a good way to end the mid season finale in preparation of the new journey which Rick and his group will begin when the remaining episodes of the fifth season begin again on February 8, 2015. Farewell Beth!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.