In “Hostiles and Calamities” it looks like The Walking Dead’s resident bad guy might be more easily fooled than you’d think. Or is he?
Negan seems like the kind of guy who doesn’t let much get past him. Yes, he swings a bat and strikes fear in the hearts of his people, but he’s just one guy. The other Saviors have guns. Negan has a bat. Comic book Negan aside, The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan version of Negan seems to be in total control. So did he actually believe Dwight?
You’d have to believe that other people at the Sanctuary have tried to take Negan out. The wives plan was a good one, but it seems like there are ample opportunities to take him out, which leads me to believe that there’s a reason he has made it this far.
Does he truly believe that Dwight killed Sherry and that Dr. Carson was to blame? It’s not clear. It almost seems like Negan wanted Dr. Carson out of the way already, and this was a means to an end. Remember, this was the guy who was giving pregnancy tests to Sherry. Did the good doctor know something? (And remember, Negan always has that bandaged arm and we haven’t seen an explanation for that yet)
It doesn’t really matter if Sherry is alive or dead now. She’s gone either way, which means neither Negan nor Dwight will be with her. Perhaps that’s enough for Negan. It doesn’t matter beyond that.
That brings me to another point about Sherry and Negan’s wives. Sherry was his favorite wife, and we saw in “Sing Me a Song” that she wasn’t afraid to get in his face and challenge him. He liked that about her. He knows that at least some of the other wives are there because they have to be (I can see where some women might prefer being his wife than being something else) so does he fully trust them? We know he has multiple wives, but does he actually sleep with any of them at night? Negan doesn’t strike me as a paranoid kind of ruler who has people sample his food to ensure it isn’t poisoned, but he also doesn’t seem like he’d put himself in a completely vulnerable position like that at night. Sherry might be the lone exception.
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It’s not clear whether or not Negan believes what really happened with Daryl and Sherry but he seems satisfied that the situation has been handled for now. But is anyone really fooling him? That remains to be seen.