…That guy. For the first time since Marco (Who, now that I think about it, he probably worked with) back in Season Two, we were presented with a genuine, bona fide villain: Proctor John.
There is no ambiguity here. Proctor John has very little in the way of redeeming qualities. He does, however, have a lot in the way of despicable ones.
Where to start?
Well, how about the fact that he forces people to serve as guards to his bazaar…by chaining them to the gates.
If what we saw when he had Strand do it in “The Diviner” is any indication, many a person who’s owed a debt have been, essentially, sacrificed to the dead via that punishment.
In fact, if you look at the picture, neither Strand nor anyone he was chained to were given weapons to fight the infected with! Strand, in fact, had to just find one lying on the ground left by the last poor bastard who died where Strand stood.
…No wonder none of the rest of Strand’s “chain gang” survived.
And while I could talk about the fact he arranged to have Alicia killed in the event his surgery went wrong, despite her not actually being the surgeon, I’d rather focus on his piece de resistance: His takeover of the Gonzalez Dam.
With designs on picking up where Dante had left off, Proctor John launched a full-scale assault on the dam. While some of the violence can be attributed to the fact the dam workers were fighting back, I doubt that the result of Proctor John’s takeover would have been completely bloodless.
Regardless, he had his men kill everyone at the dam: Efrain, the guards, the janitors (To the best of our knowledge). Not one to be an armchair general, apparently, Proctor John also made sure to gun down Lola when she attempt to get revenge on Strand.
Speaking of which, Proctor John then planned to have Strand killed for failing to kill Daniel and Lola, then kill Nick for warning Daniel, then kill Alicia, just because, and then kill Madison after killing the kids…just because.
Boy…isn’t he swell?
What might be worst of all is that all of this destruction was part of an attempt by Proctor John to establish some pipe dream trade empire from Houston to San Diego. Like so many of the worst villains we’ve seen across Walking Dead, Proctor John wreaked so much destruction and death in the pursuit of power.
Ultimately (As if you couldn’t see this coming), I must give the crown of most irredeemable villain of Season Three of Fear The Walking Dead to Proctor John.
While Troy was twisted and crazy, that’s just the thing: He was crazy. When you saw Troy with Nick or the militia, or his family, you could see that he still had empathy. He wasn’t evil, per se, just unstable.
Proctor John, however, has no such mitigation. Just about everything we saw of him was a calculating, violent criminal, with delusions of grandeur. Simply put: He’s the most irredeemable because there was nothing about him to contradict that assessment.
What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Was there someone else you think should have been on this list? Someone you think shouldn’t have been on this list? Let me know in the comments!
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