A petition? Really? I am not a fan of the way they did it, but if that many people care to complain about it then job well done for Kirkman and team. Getting that massive of a response just shows they did the right thing in having a meaningful death. They have to get rid of main characters from time to time to keep it exciting and fresh. Would people rather have seen someone else go? Rick? Carl? Tyreese? Michone? Daryl? Carol? Pick your poison people.
I actually would have preferred Tyreese or Sasha. Or Tara, or Rosita or Eugene even. I feel like those characters have sort of come to the end of their own personal journeys whereas Beth could have gone in a number of interesting directions post-Dawn. I kinda felt the same way about Andrea though too, so it's nothing new I guess.