To say that The Walking Dead is a character-driven show would be a vast understatement, as the corpses that shamble about, feeding on the living, are very much a secondary concern compared to the survivors that make up the show’s cast. Death is an ever-present specter on The Walking Dead, striking down numerous characters without warning and in often brutal fashion. The Walking Dead has featured a staggering number of characters over the course of its run … and not all of them have been winners. Sure, most of us love the likes of Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and Maggie, just to name a few, but there have been some truly awful characters over the years that we only wish could have been killed off sooner (or if they’re still alive, hope that they bite it soon). Here are the worst characters to have ever been featured on The Walking Dead.
Poor Beth. The oft-forgotten younger daughter of Hershel Greene, Beth was on the show for close to four seasons, but you’d have a hard time coming up with a handful of times she stood out in any meaningful way. The problem with Beth is that the show’s writers never seemed to know what to do with her. She occupied the weak, not-good-for-anything-useful role for the majority of her tenure, to the point where it felt like she was kept around merely to keep Baby Judith alive, as she was often shown taking care of Rick’s infant daughter. Things improved considerably for Beth in the latter half of season 4 and especially in season 5 with the hospital storyline, but even then it felt like too little, too late, as she was killed off right when she was becoming interesting. Such a waste.