Beth is often cited as one of the least favorite characters in The Walking Dead. However, much of the dislike for Beth can be traced to the writing behind the character and the writer’s general lack of interest in promoting Beth as anything other than a prop or a reminder of the past at the farm. Several recent episodes have given Beth much more interesting material and subsequently have made her a more enjoyable character. The following are three ways that the writers of the Walking Dead can drastically improve Beth’s character.
No more singing
We get it—the singing is meant to be a sign of hope and a reminder of the past when things were all right. The first time, or even the second time, that Beth sang it could be excused as a representation of her hope for a better world and her desire to remember her life as it used to be. However, Beth simply sang too many songs—at this point, when Beth sings, it’s not hopeful or awe-inspiring, and it’s annoying. Writers should avoid having Beth sing songs unless there is an extremely good reason for it.
Explore her relationship outside of Maggie even further
Up until recently, Beth has been relegated to two roles: Judith’s pseudo-mother and Maggie’s sister. With the separation of the group, however, Beth has been given a chance to explore herself outside of these two roles. When she was with Daryl, she needed to become more of a fighter—and now that she is on her own in the hospital, she has to learn how to fend for herself in extremely dangerous situations without the help of Rick, Daryl or the group. These episodes reflected the best writing for Beth because they give her a chance to be a character that isn’t simply an add-on for Maggie or Judith.
She doesn’t have to be totally badass
There’s a tendency for some Walking Dead fans to deride Beth because she doesn’t like to fight or kill and tends to choose caretaking roles. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—not everyone has to be Daryl 2.0—and the difference between Beth’s normally non-violent nurturing roles and the necessity to kick some butt when necessary (such as in the hospital episode) is made more interesting because there is such a great contrast.