It’s been a pretty quiet back half of season 4 for The Walking Dead’s Beth (who’s been featured in only one episode since she and Daryl were separated from the rest of the group), but star Emily Kinney had plenty to say about what’s coming up on the hit series – not to mention what goes down when she’s not on screen.
Kinney proved her cultural cred while taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. When she wasn’t confessing a long-held “acting crush” on Leonardo DiCaprio or spitting RUN-DMC rhymes, she dropped hints about the final few eps of this season on Dead.
Watch the video below, then see what’s up next for Beth and Daryl.
Sunday’s Walking Dead promises to be an important one for Beth, who’s still finding her footing since seeing her father brutally murdered and being forced out of the group’s home base at an abandoned prison. Kinney says fans will “get to know Beth in a different way. Daryl will bring out a different side of her. The audience will get to see both of us in a new way.”
In the show’s predictably unpredictable style, the duo will be confronted by plenty of action as the strive to reunite with the others and/or find their next home. “Now that the prison is gone, all bets are off. Anything can happen at any corner,” Kinney promises. But the challenges won’t be solely physical: “Even though Beth is with Daryl, that feeling of being alone and having lost their home will be there throughout. The rest of the season, you’re going to see Beth dealing with her father’s death. She has to come to terms with it at some point. Now her role is changing. She’s going to have to step up in a certain way.”
Kinney, who’s on tour performing songs from her Expired Love EP during Dead’s hiatus, also name-checked Mariah Carey’s 1996 hit “Always Be My Baby” as her junior high jam, though fellow singer-songwriters Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor are more influential for her these days. So will we be hearing any upcoming tracks about zombies? “I do write a lot [of music] while I’m on set,” admits Kinney. “Sometimes certain subjects will come up for me, and I think it’s what my character’s going through or what I see the other characters on the show going through. The stuff Beth goes through feels real to me, and it feels like it influences everything I do.”
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC, and Kinney will be at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall on March 6.