Confession 35: Beth is underrated as a character by some fans, imo, as is Emily’s acting. But the irony is many who are doing so, applaud Carol/MMB right now (and rightfully so in some senses) yet she had the same exact critiques flung at her before her character got a more prominent storyline. In my opinion, some fans are way too impatient.
It’s true, I don’t care much about Beth. However, Melissa Mcbride has been a superb actress since season 1 and Emily just isn’t.
I think the question is, can you hold your own in a scene with someone who chews the scenery as easily as breathing (for instance, Norman Reedus)?
Melissa McBride has always had a quiet, calm, poignantly vulnerable energy that interacts well with all cast members, and that is why I think she is such a wonderful actress and does so well as Carol. I freely admit that where once I watched TWD for Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, I now watch for Melissa McBride. She’s just that good.
Emily Kinney comes from a singing background, and may not be as used to using silence and simmering restraint to express herself. She has an opportunity in the next season to work on that. If she can do that, she will blossom. If not, she will collapse against the power of the other actors around her.
I always wanted to see what would happen if they put Merle and Beth in a room together, but since that will not occur in canon, my other wish would be to see Beth pitted against Abraham or Tyreese and see what happens.