It is a threat. He’s literally using his body to herd her back against a table where she has no way to escape, and if she tries, if she says no, he’s so close that he can do some serious damage to her to beat her into being more amicable. If he’s that aggressive with someone who is trying to be calm and passive, like Beth, what exactly would he do to someone who “isn’t a team player?”
That man is so much bigger than her, and if she fights while he’s expecting her to be uncooperative, then he’ll immediately put her down. So, what other choice does Beth have but to appear to comply, get him to lower his guard, wait for her moment, and then —hopefully — jab the bastard in the throat with the scissors, sending him stumbling back to the waiting jaws of the freshly-reanimated walker.
I’m so sick of reading that people believe she’s inviting it, because she nods her head. It’s called, as Abraham put it, “waiting for our moment.” Beth can’t physically overpower that man and she knows it, not when he’s on his guard. She needs to get him to drop his guard, and the only way to do that is to appear to be willing to “work something out” with her would-be rapist. Otherwise, he would probably violently force her and she wouldn’t have a hope of catching him off guard. Perhaps he would even knock her unconscious, molest her and then leave her utterly vulnerable to the walker in the room. There are just too many variables that could make things direly worse for her, and I think she knows that. She’s smart, she’s resourceful, and she’s a fighter. She’s not conceding to anything.
Anyone who says otherwise can take a long walk off a short pier, because I’m sick of seeing the survivors of rape, assault, etc. get blamed for what their attacker initiated and for doing what they feel they need to in the moment to survive. People who point their fingers at the wrong person clearly haven’t experienced it or don’t know anyone who has, because they’d be singing a different tune otherwise. Yeah, it’s a TV show, but —guess what — rape is real and it’s serious. Nothing about this show is supposed to be taken lightly — not murder, not death, not rape, none of it.
Beth is so damn strong and brave to hold her group like that and to know that, if she waits for the right moment, as difficult and terrifying as it must be for her to do, she’ll have a better chance of taking the bastard out. It’s just like Daryl probably taught her with hunting and tracking. Patience. Wait for you moment. Wait until you have the best shot. That’s what she’s doing.
Sorry this turned into a bit of a rant, but —dammit— if the things I’ve been seeing on the tags haven’t ticked me off tonight.
Yet again, xbluemagnoliax managed to express exactly the same interpretation I discussed with a friend earlier this evening. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Beth has always had an excellent sense of pursuing the opportune moment. This instance is no different. Anyone who says differently had completely misread her character.