The Walking Dead Villains: Who’s The Worst, Part 7

Negan and The Saviors - The Walking Dead, AMC
Negan and The Saviors - The Walking Dead, AMC /
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Austin Amelio as Dwight, The Walking Dead — AMC
Austin Amelio as Dwight, The Walking Dead — AMC /


Our first “Repeat Offender” from last season, though, not our last, is Dwight.

When we first met Dwight in season six, we saw an otherwise decent person trapped in a circumstance he seemed to think he couldn’t escape; Now, however, he seems like a man who has done a complete 180, and fully embraced the situation he’d tried so desperately to escape.

Dwight first appears to us in a montage in “The Cell”, as we watch him use his status as a high-ranking Savior to enjoy the spoils of their community. He uses his position to steal all the ingredients of a pretty damned tasty looking fried egg sandwich, in-between enjoying various activities in his apartment. Clearly, “being Negan” has its benefits.

Negan, Daryl, and Dwight - The Walking Dead, AMC
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, and Austin Amelio as Dwight – The Walking Dead, AMC /

Yet, we see him do so much more than that.

Throughout the episode, Dwight, in spite of the fact you’d think he’d hate Negan, proves to be his loyal henchman. After the opening montage, we discover that Dwight has become Daryl’s personal jailer, torturing him with sleep deprivation and tossing him dog food sandwiches.

Worse still, Dwight hunts down Gordon, and old friend of his (From before Negan took over, it seemed), with the intent of returning to servitude under The Saviors. After Gordon agreed to return, Dwight shot him in the back, letting him turn and becoming one of the walkers guarding the Sanctuary’s fence.

This, however, would not be the worst thing Dwight would do. Not by a long shot.

Austin Amelio as Dwight, Tim Parati as Dr. Emmett Carson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, The Walking Dead — AMC
Austin Amelio as Dwight, Tim Parati as Dr. Emmett Carson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, The Walking Dead — AMC /

After discovering that Sherry had escaped The Sanctuary, Negan began to get suspicious, and called The Saviors together to get answers.

While trying to find her, Dwight found a note she’d left him, letting him know that she was long gone. After getting patched up by Dr. Carson, Dwight left pieces of Sherry’s note behind with the good doctor.

By itself, this was innocuous, but, remember, Negan was looking for answers. Negan was, by this point, convinced Sherry had help escaping. Upon discovering the piece of her note, Negan was convinced it was Dr. Carson, whom he promptly threw into The Sanctuary’s forge. Dwight framed Dr. Carson, thus ensuring his extremely brutal demise.

While Dwight isn’t a rapist like David, or a cowardly bully like Jared, he’s still a standout amongst The Saviors. What makes Dwight so bad is that, just when you think Dwight has a good person deep inside of him, he turns around and does something completely heartless.

Dr. Carson never hurt anyone — Far from it, he healed people — and, yet, for no real reason, Dwight condemned to be burnt alive. Watching it, it was like the last shreds of good within Dwight were being incinerated, too; He was burning up the last of himself and fully becoming “Negan”. It’s one thing for a bad situation to turn a good man bad, but, it’s quite another when that good man willing does so.

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