Beth Greene

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Beth Greene
The Walking Dead character
The Walking Dead episode Slabtown.jpg
Beth, as depicted in the TV series.
First appearance "Bloodletting"
Created by Glen Mazzara
Portrayed by Emily Kinney
Occupation High school student / farmhand
Family Hershel Greene (father; deceased)
Annette Greene (mother; deceased)
Maggie Greene (half-sister)
Shawn Greene (half-brother; deceased)
Arnold Greene (cousin)
Glenn Rhee (half-brother-in-law)
Significant other(s) Jimmy (deceased)
Zach (deceased)

Beth Greene is a fictional character from the American horror drama television series The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC in the United States. She was created by former showrunner Glen Mazzara and is portrayed by Emily Kinney since the series' second season. Unlike most of the characters in the show, she has no counterpart in the graphic novels the series is based on. She is the daughter of veterinarian and farmer Hershel Greene and younger half-sister of Maggie, and later joins the group of protagonist Rick Grimes after her family's farm is overrun.

The character's first major story arc involves her contemplating suicide following the disposal of the undead corpses of her mother, brother and friends, until she changes her mind. While at the prison, Beth spends much of her time taking care of Judith, Rick's baby daughter. Kinney was part of the recurring cast in the series' second and third seasons, before being promoted to a series regular in the fourth season. As of the first episode of season 5, Emily Kinney's name appears in the opening credits.

Television series[edit]

Emily Kinney (pictured in 2014) portrays Beth in the TV series.

Beth Greene is Hershel's daughter and Maggie's younger half-sister.

Season 2[edit]

In the episode "Bloodletting", Beth and her boyfriend Jimmy first appear as residents on Hershel's farm, and witness as Rick brought his son Carl to the farm, who had been shot by Otis. When Hershel leads Rick inside the house to treat Carl, Beth helps by gathering some towels for Carl and putting them on the bed. In the episode "Cherokee Rose", Beth is seen gathering some rocks for Otis's funeral, and attends the funeral where everyone piles up the rocks in memory of his contributions to the group and, more specifically, Carl's survival. In the episode "Chupacabra", Beth helps Lori, Carol and Patricia prepare for dinner, which Lori and Carol mean as thanks to Hershel for letting them stay at the farm. In the episode "Secrets", Beth and Patricia approach Rick and Shane, announcing they would like to take part in gun training, and with Hershel's approval, he takes Beth, Patricia, and others to the shooting range. In the mid-season finale "Pretty Much Dead Already", Beth is playing checkers with Carl and Patricia when she witnesses Shane handing out guns to his group and notices her father, Jimmy, Rick, and two walkers approaching the barn. She runs towards the barn with the others and watches as Rick's group shoots the walkers that were kept in the barn, including her mother and half-brother. She and Jimmy hold each other and watch as all their zombified friends and family are shot.

In the mid-season premiere "Nebraska", she becomes hysterical after watching her family members and neighbors get shot. One of these was her mother, Annette, who was still undead and tried to attack Beth when she ran to her, only to be pulled away from Beth and killed by Andrea. She then attends the funeral for her mother, brother, and Sophia. Later, she is seen washing dishes and suddenly collapses to the kitchen floor. Maggie, Patricia and the others then lay Beth on a bed in the guest bedroom thinking she might be in shock of what she had seen earlier that day. Rick and Glenn then travel into town and accompany Hershel and tell him about Beth's catatonic state. In the episode "Triggerfinger", Beth wakes up from her state of shock, but wakes up after Hershel comes home. In the episode "18 Miles Out", Beth attempts to convince Maggie to commit suicide with her and shortly afterward, attempts it on her own by cutting her wrists in the bathroom, but she changes her mind before she can kill herself. In the episode "Judge, Jury, Executioner", Hershel takes care of Beth as she recovers, and Glenn comes in to check on her. In the episode "Better Angels", Beth attends Dale's funeral, and is later seen moving some of the Atlanta group's things into the house. She is then later seen fixing up and barricading the farmhouse for the group to move into. In the season finale "Beside the Dying Fire" the farm is over run by walkers and Beth loses her boyfriend Jimmy, as well as Patricia, a farmhand on the Greene farm who was very much a member of the family to her. Patricia is killed while holding Beth's hand, and Lori pulls Beth away, and they get into Otis's truck with T-Dog. Later, the survivors, with the exception of Andrea, regroup on the highway and she is devastated when she discovers Jimmy did not make it off the farm alive.

Season 3[edit]

At the beginning of season 3, Beth becomes a more confident and useful member of the group, and is skilled at killing walkers.In the season premiere "Seed", when the group finds a prison, Beth helps clear out the prison yard by killing many of the walkers. She also seems to have caught the attention of Carl Grimes who has a child crush on her. In the episode "Sick", Beth worries and cares for her father, who had been bitten by a walker on the leg, which was immediately amputated by Rick to prevent the infection from spreading. In the episode "Killer Within", Beth assists Hershel as he is finally able to walk on crutches, but as the group celebrates the courtyard is overrun by walkers. As Beth takes Hershel back inside and hides, T-Dog is killed, and Lori dies during childbirth. After the walkers are killed, Beth and Hershel come back out, and Maggie brings out Rick and Lori's new baby. In the episode "Say the Word", when Daryl, Maggie, and Glenn decided to look for supplies for the baby, Daryl asked Beth to keep an eye on Carl. Beth and Hershel console a grief-stricken Carl over the death of Lori. In the episode "Hounded", Beth is seen holding the baby and hands her to Rick who holds her for the first time. In the episode "When the Dead Come Knocking", Beth, Carl, Hershel, and Rick carry the wounded Michonne into the prison. When she found out that her sister was kidnapped and taken to Woodbury, Beth volunteered to accompany the group to rescue Glenn and Maggie, but Rick has her stay behind. In the mid-season finale "Made to Suffer", Beth is seen holding Judith as Axel tries to flirt with her before being called out and reprimanded by Carol. Later when Beth, Carl, and Hershel hear screams, Carl goes and finds out where the screams came from and then locks up the unexpected group in the common room. Beth suggested to Carl that they should help the new group, and he replied that he did.

In the mid-season premiere "The Suicide King", Beth, Hershel, and Axel visit the new group of Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben. Beth and Carol discuss Daryl's leaving the group; Beth thinks they are weakened without Daryl, but Carol understands why Daryl chose his brother Merle. In the episode "Home", Beth is walking with Carl when The Governor attacks. Carl quickly protects her by leading her to a table for cover, where she hides behind Carl. While the Woodbury soldiers reload, she and Carl run behind a wall for cover. After The Governor's forces leave and walkers invade their field, Beth, Carl, Maggie and Carol run to the gate and open it for Hershel, Glenn, and Michonne. In the episode "I Ain't a Judas", when Andrea arrives at the prison Beth is seen along with the others running out to protect the prison. Beth is later seen with a gun protecting the prison along with the others. In the episode "Arrow on the Doorpost", Beth is seen helping put extra ammo around the prison. When Glenn and Merle are fighting, Beth shoots into the air to stop the fight between them. In the episode "This Sorrowful Life", Beth is seen setting up traps in the prison yard for Woodbury's impending attack. She is later seen praying with Hershel and Maggie. When Hershel stopped praying, she asked her father if he's okay and he replied that he would do anything to keep her and Maggie safe. In the season finale "Welcome to the Tombs", when the Governor attacks the prison a second time, Beth hides with her father and Carl in the forest, and returns to the prison when the Woodbury army retreats.

Season 4[edit]

In the beginning of Season 4, Beth's storyline is mainly caring for Judith, and the other members of the group. She has seemed to have grown to be more mature and wise. In the season premiere "30 Days Without an Accident", Beth has begun a relationship with a young man named Zach. Daryl later informs her that Zach was killed while they were on a supply run together, and she does not seem upset but does hug Daryl. In the episode "Infected", Beth wraps Michonne's ankle after she was injured, and the two discuss the group's losses. Beth muses about what to call a parent who has lost a child, as there is no word equivalent to "widow" or "orphan"; Michonne begins to tear up but composes herself before Beth notices. Beth later asks Michonne to watch Judith, despite Michonne's reluctance; she later sees a teary Michonne hugging Judith, so she leaves her in peace. In the episode "Isolation", Maggie tells Beth that Glenn has contracted a deadly illness that is sweeping through the population at the prison. In the mid-season finale "Too Far Gone", Beth, Maggie, and the rest of the prison group witness when the Governor cuts Hershel's head off with Michonne's katana. Beth fights back when The Governor's group attacks the prison. Beth later comes across Daryl, where he responds to her with "We gotta go, Beth, we gotta go", and the two are then seen leaving the prison together.

In the episode "Inmates", Beth and Daryl are first seen fleeing walkers, and later trying to track down other members of their group. They break into several arguments as Daryl has given up all hope and Beth has faith that other people survived and can be found. In the end, they find the remains of recent attacks and Beth cries for the first time since seeing her father killed while Daryl waits for her to continue on. In the episode "Still", Beth and Daryl spend an entire night crammed into the trunk of a car, waiting for a large herd of walkers to pass and then camp in the woods, eating a snake that Daryl kills. Daryl has stopped communicating so Beth declares she's tired of it and that she's going to find a drink so he reluctantly follows her. They go to a country club, and find the remnants of a small class war as well as a few walkers which Daryl angrily kills. Beth first finds a bottle of wine, but must use it to kill a walker and then finds a bottle of Peach Schnapps, but cries when she finally has it in front of her. Daryl smashes the bottle, telling her "Ain't gonna have your first drink be no damn Peach Schnapps" and takes her instead to a moonshine still he'd previously found with Michonne. Beth and Daryl end up playing "Never Have I Ever", getting drunk in the process, which leads to a bitter fight between the two of them. Daryl attacks Beth for being coddled and unfeeling, and Beth attacks Daryl for letting his fear get the best of him. He admits that he feels guilty for her father's death because he didn't save him and Beth comforts him. Later, they sit on the porch, and Beth reveals that she doesn't think she'll make it, but she thinks Daryl will as long as he lets go of his past. To help him do that, she suggests they burn down the moonshine still which they do, flipping it off as they walk away. In the episode "Alone", Beth and Daryl eventually come across a funeral parlor, which still appears clean and the food does not have dust on it. Daryl quickly determines someone has been using the funeral parlor for shelter. Beth talks to Daryl about how she changed his mind about the fact that there's still good people out there after all, but the moment is interrupted by a sound at the door; when Daryl opens the door, expecting to see a stray dog from earlier that day, a herd of walkers instead attempts to barge through the front door. Daryl orders Beth to run outside and meet him while he fends them off. Once Daryl makes it outside, he sees Beth's bag on the floor, and a car with a cross on the back window speeding off, presumably having kidnapped her. In the season finale "A", Beth appears in flashbacks during the episode.

Season 5[edit]

In the episode "Strangers", Daryl sees the same car with a cross on the back window, which had been speeding away when Beth was taken, driving down a dirt road, so he and Carol immediately get into a car they found and give chase. In the episode "Slabtown", Beth wakes up in a hospital. The episode begins with her waking up in Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia amongst a small community of survivors; led by police officer Dawn Lerner. It was revealed that Beth was injured and knocked unconscious while escaping from the walkers that overran the safehouse she and Daryl last stayed in. As payment for being "rescued" by her deputies, Beth must help keep the hospital community running until she has paid off her "debts". Beth soon becomes an assistant for the group's sole doctor, Steven Edwards - who tells her of the group's history and guides her through many of the community's amenities and pitfalls. She also befriends Noah - a fellow patient who is planning to escape. While enduring Officer Gorman's sexual advances, she reluctantly helps amputate a traumatized Joan's bitten arm, and unwittingly kills Gavin Trevitt with an injection after Steven purposefully tells her to give the man the wrong medicine. Beth discovers that Joan killed herself in Dawn's office, and when Gorman attempts to sexually assault Beth, she uses the reanimated Joan to kill Gorman and another officer in the process. Beth and Noah then attempt to escape through the chaos of getting down the elevator shaft, out of the basement of the hospital and attempting to bypass dozens of walkers - although only Noah manages to get away as Beth is caught by pursuing officers. She is beaten by Dawn in punishment, resulting in more cuts and bruises on her face. She confronts Steven over Gavin's death, deducing that he knew Gavin was a doctor and that he feared he would replace him should he survive, and that's why he had instructed her to inject Gavin with the wrong medications. Steven admits to Beth that he knew Gavin and that he feared he would have been kicked out - or even killed if Gavin was saved. After Steven leaves the room Beth spots a pair of scissors and takes them, following Steven down the hallway, but stops upon seeing Carol being carried into the ward on a stretcher.

In the episode "Consumed", Beth is mentioned by Daryl when he tells Carol that he was with her after the prison is lost, and how she went missing. She is later mentioned by Carol when Daryl scolds her for trying to kill Noah, in her defense, she says that regardless of Noah's age, he could cause the death of both of them, and Beth's. And then again several times when Noah revealed he knows Beth to Daryl, and Carol.

In the episode "Crossed", as Beth is swiping the floors, she listens into Dawn and another officer's conversation about the patient in exam room 2 (Carol). It is discussed between the two about Carol's fate. Dawn soon makes the decision to switch off the machines that are keeping Carol stable after the officer believes that they should not be wasting valuable resources on her. Beth interrupts and insists that this was a bad thing to do, unbeknown to the hospital survivors that Beth and Carol knew each other. After Beth has unsuccessfully tried to talk around the pair, Dawn tells her that she had just killed the patient. Dawn then admits that she was wrong about Beth being weak, and then hands her the drug locker key and tells her to get the medicine to save Carol. Later, Beth heads over to Dr. Steven Edwards office and demands he tells her the suitable medicine for the patient in exam room 2. He stutters and then gives her a straight answer. She hatches a plan which involves having another ex-patient pretend to choke. Whilst officers assist the elderly patient, Beth grabs the medicine and then immediately returns to Carol's bedside and prepare the drugs. Beth holds Carol's hand, worrying for her safety.

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