6. Negan burns his own doctor
We know that Negan is a megalomaniac who likes to think of himself as a great manipulator. And to be sure, he did manage to build a very impressive “empire” under his own authority.
However, Negan is not as good a manipulator as he thinks, and can even be outdone by others in that department. This was never more obvious than when he was utterly played by Dwight, who tricked him into believing that Sherry was dead and had been plotting with the Sanctuary’s doctor.
Let’s believe everything Dwighty boy says about Sherry… after all, it’s not like she was his wife or anything
Several elements make this decision baffling. One is that Negan is way too confident in Dwight’s loyalty, and does not even realize that Dwight has many reasons to lie to him. No matter how certain Negan is that he has broken Dwight’s spirit, he should at least be aware that his former connection to Sherry makes his account of anything related to her highly suspect.
Yet, not only does Negan seem totally unsuspicious of Dwight, he even goes as far as to kill an extremely valuable member of the group: his doctor. The poor doctor gets no trial of any kind, and not even a chance to defend himself.
Doctors are expendable… aren’t they?
Negan’s explanation for taking such a drastic step is that he has a spare doctor: the one who officiates at the Hilltop. This is hardly convincing, though. As we have seen in Alexandria, people with medical knowledge are just as likely to die as anyone else. Killing one of them is not something anyone can afford to do lightly in a zombie apocalypse – not even Negan.
Unless, of course, Negan is actually suspicious of Dwight and did this to mislead him. The fact that Dwight claimed he didn’t know about the Scavengers’ betrayal could support this theory. Still, sacrificing a doctor seems far too high a price to pay, when he could simply have imprisoned him.