Robert Kirkman answers the question we've been asking all season of The Walking Dead

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Nov 14, 2014

Spoilers ahead for the current season of The Walking Dead!

After Beth (Emily Kinney) went missing on The Walking Dead, we weren’t sure what to make of her fate until the writers returned to her storyline this season to reveal she’s being help semi-captive by a group of cops hiding out in a hospital. The rest of the group doesn’t seem to know that yet, but you’d think she’ll eventually flow back into the main narrative.

Ever since she disappeared, Daryl (Norman Reedus) has been looking for her, though her own sister Maggie (Lauren Cohan) took off with a splinter group led by Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) on what turned out to be a fool’s errand to get the big ol’ liar Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to Washington. So why on Earth hasn’t Maggie been keen to hit the road and find her missing sis?

The Hollywood Reporter asked series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman that exact question, and it’s one we’ve been wondering as well. According to Kirkman, all the other events of this season have essentially kept Maggie too busy to mount a rescue plan — and she probably thinks Beth is dead anyway, so she hasn’t put much effort into it. Which is, well, kind of dark. But yeah, it does fit with the zombie apocalypse worldview:

“It's definitely something that will be explored. Maggie is aware that her sister is out there. Because of the nature of this world, she is probably a little bit more willing to admit that she is more than likely dead than Daryl is. That's Daryl's M.O. Daryl is somebody who wouldn't stop looking for Sophia. He is not somebody that is going to accept reality in the way some of these other characters will.

You can also complain that Maggie hasn't expressed too much loss over Hershel (Scott Wilson) just because we haven't spent a great many scenes talking about the loss of her father. There’s been so much other stuff going on that this character is dealing that there hasn't been an opening where she would sit down and say, 'Oh my gosh, she's still out there. What can we do?'

Daryl and Carol hadn't gone on a mission to find Beth until they saw that car. There are really no options here. If Maggie had somehow been with Daryl in that scene, she would have been racing after that car jut as intently as Daryl had. The story just hasn't shaken down that way. We will be dealing with it in upcoming episodes and you'll definitely see where Maggie stands on this. I do stand by the fact that the character's behavior is very much in line with the way we've established her.”

Is this a question you’ve been asking over the past week or two? Do you find Kirkman’s explanation satisfactory?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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