The Walking Dead S5E8 ‘Coda’ review

Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Major spoilers below, so turn away if you don’t want to be spoiled. Last warning!

Well… This was a shocking way to end the midseason finale. Of course, one of them had to die… and it had to be Beth.

The whole episode was focused on saving Beth and Carol. Rick wanted to go the violent way, but Daryl wanted it to go peacefully with the trading of the two officers for their crew. The plan would had worked, until Dawn became greedy and wanted Noah in the deal. Really, Dawn? You provided no context on why Noah is so important to you. Anyways, she got what she deserved… after she killed Beth.

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Beth’s death was unexpected and unprompted. We saw Beth and Dawn having their deep talks and thought they’d finally had a understanding with each other. (THOUGHT.) Beth has a better understanding of being used and the way using people works for that group, and I understand Beth was angry. She had a right to be, but honestly, she should had known better than to stab an armed officer with small scissors ON THE SHOULDER. Not even near the heart! Why not the head? I know Beth thought she was doing the right thing, but come on! She stabbed her on the shoulder with small surgical scissors. At least the eye would had prevented you from being shot in the head.

It was still a sad episode and very heartbreaking because we started seeing Beth finally becoming a badass in her own right. Carol, Michonne, and Maggie are already certified badasses and Beth was slowly becoming one of them, then they had to kill her off. It was hard watching Beth die instantly, but it was even harder watching Daryl and Maggie cry. #RIPBeth

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Yeah, this was when he had to kill Merle… but he has the same face when he cries.

Throughout this episode (and season), we saw the devolution of Rick Grimes. In the beginning of the series, he was concerned for the loss of life and now, the guy could shoot and kill a human being without blinking. He wanted to kill everyone in there, but Daryl was able to convince him to go the peaceful route. I think Rick has lost his moral compass and the only thing preventing him from going full blown serial killer are his two kids – Carl and Judith. If something happened to them, God help the characters on The Walking Dead.

We also saw MORGAN! That was exciting! The exact cut when he saw Rick Grime’s name – best way to end the midseason. I cannot wait for February.

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