We need to talk about Eugene.
Eugene has been labeled a coward time and time again. However, there have been brief moments of selflessness that gave us hope he could eventually step up and be brave.
After being taken prisoner by Negan, his introduction into the world of The Saviors was… not too bad actually. In a surprising turn, Eugene was treated to food, comfortable sleeping quarters, and video games.
This is certainly a drastic difference from how Daryl was treated. Negan is a smart guy for the most part. He can recognize Eugene is intelligent and sees the value in him.
Little does Negan know that Eugene isn’t all that he claims to be. Eugene spun the same narrative that he used on Abraham in order to survive.
Eugene is an opportunist. I don’t mean that in the sense of power. I mean it as a strategyÂ to stay alive.
That’s why I’m not sure where Eugene stands after this installment. Theoretically, Eugene could live very comfortably with The Saviors. But if his lies comes to light, he’ll be screwed.
On the other hand, he could be playing a long con. He gave very specific instructions for how best to keep the walkers upright and functional around the compound to keep people out.
Negan seemed downright thrilled by the plan, but it’s possible Eugene’s system could be fatal to the compound. Maybe Eugene thinks he can take down The Saviors from the inside out.
It’s possible, and I really hope that’s his angle. Otherwise, he’s just a coward.
Eugene befriended some of Negan’s wives as they chatted, watched him playing video games, and conducted a science experiment for them. Eugene hadÂ little interest in the women sexually.Â He seemed very uncomfortable when one of the wives put her hand on his leg.
I had really hoped the women genuinely liked hanging out with Eugene. I’m sure they did on some level. It must be nice to hang out with a man who isn’t out to use them for his sexual pleasure.
However, Tanya and Frankie were trying toÂ use him for their benefit. They claimed Amber was miserable (which is very much true), and said they wanted Eugene to created two pills to end her misery.
To no one’s surprise, they actually wanted to use the pills on Negan. Eugene was savvy to their plot and refused their pleas.
This is where I can’t wrap my head around Eugene. Maybe he thought Negan would find out somehow and hurt the girls. Maybe he thought NeganÂ would hurt him. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to ruin what he’s got going for him at the compound.
The other main focus of the episode was Dwight. Sherry made a run for it after letting Daryl out to escape. Negan wanted Dwight to find her and bring her back.
The writers have done a stellar job at making Dwight a complicated and conflicted character. Unlike Negan, Dwight isn’t all evil.
HeÂ does horrible things in the name of Negan, but you can tell he’s miserable the entire time. That’s what makes Sherry’s letter so heartbreaking.
After going to the home they once shared, Dwight finds Sherry’s wedding rings and goodbye letter. It’s clear these two were once madly in love and would have done anything for each other.
The crazy thing is that they are still capable of loving each other in unexpected ways. Sherry’s letter revealed just how much it hurts to see the man he’s become, essentially because of her. She gave herself over to Negan to save Dwight’s life.
Even though she saved him, they were in hell. Living with The Saviors isn’t living, and she couldn’t stand by and watch Dwight slip further away from the man he once was.
I have no doubt that had Sherry been waiting for him at the house, Dwight would have run off with her. After all, he did show up with the pretzels and beer.
Still Dwight was able to do Sherry a kindness by pretending she was dead. Bringing her back to Negan would solidify himself as a coward.
Sadly for the doctor, Dwight pinned Daryl’s escape on him. He claimed Sherry told him how the doctor developed feelings for her and let Daryl out as a way to make her happy.
Negan doesn’t like anyone touching his property (i.e. his wives), so instead of simply using the hot iron on him, he threw the doctor into the furnace. Damn!
Eugene and Dwight are seemingly at opposite ends of the coward spectrum right now. However, it’s impossible to say where either man will be come the end of the season.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
Check out a sneak peek of the next installment, titled “Say Yes.”
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Dennis Heaton Talks The Imperfects
Longtime readers at TV Goodness will know that Motive is one of my ride-or-die series, and as such, I am fiercely loyal to its creator, Dennis Heaton. He followed up that fantastic reverse procedural with Netflix’s The Order and is back on our streaming screens with The Imperfects, which dropped…
Kelly McCormack Talks Favorite Moments in A League of Their Own
[Warning: Mild spoilers for season 1.] Now that you’ve had a chance to watch A League of Their Own, here’s the rest of my chat with Kelly McCormack about her favorite moments of the season. Seeing the iconic Peaches uniforms for the first time wasn’t just a goosebump moment for…
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People [streaming on Global TV in Canada and Roku…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
Ricky He Talks From “The Way Things Are Now”
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 102 of EPIX’s From.] Epix’s new series From is two episodes in and it’s already laying the groundwork for a seriously spooky season. Tonight’s episode demonstrated the careful balance of relief and horror that the show hits, with our characters’ worst fears realized, just not when…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…