Fear The Walking Dead: Should Dwight be forgiven for his past deeds?

Austin Amelio as Dwight - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Austin Amelio as Dwight - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC /

In the Fear The Walking Dead world everyone’s done terrible things to survive. Our panel weighs in on whether or not Dwight’s crimes can be forgiven.

Redemption is one of the strongest underlying themes of Fear The Walking Dead. All of the characters on Fear have done things they are ashamed of or regret, just like the characters on The Walking Dead have. In the apocalypse world it’s impossible to survive without doing things that are morally ambiguous or even just plain morally wrong.

The consequences of those actions can lead to the deaths of innocent people. Is there redemption for causing the death of someone else? Should there be? Does the urgency of survival outweigh moral concerns? The apocalypse worlds is a tough world to negotiate ethically.

Dwight seems truly sorry for the things he’s done. He also was a big help to Rick’s group during All Out War and they wouldn’t have been able to beat Negan and the Saviors without him. Do his good deeds outweigh his bad deeds? And does the fact that he was punished so terribly by Negan for running away with Tina and Sherry mitigate his situation?

There are obviously a lot of factors to consider when questioning whether or not Dwight has earned his redemption. Morgan offered Dwight his friendship freely and was glad to see him. The others took him at face value and never questioned what he’s done, because they have all done things that would sound terrible to someone who hadn’t lived through those circumstances. Does Dwight deserve this clean slate? Our panel thinks so:

The Redemption Of Dwight

Dwight has done bad things in the past, but he is definitely a changed person now. Do you think everyone with a bad past should be forgiven, or are there certain circumstances which they can be forgiven?

Sonya says:

"I think Dwight has been punished enough. The things he did for Negan he did because he had no choice, not because he enjoyed hurting people or because he was “true believer” in the Saviors cause. He was a person caught in terrible circumstances where there were no good choices. He did risk his life repeatedly to save the members of Rick’s group so I think he’s earned his clean slate."

Sara says:

"I definitely think that people can be forgiven under certain circumstances. Dwight did horrible things in the past, yet he has completely changed for the better. Like June said in the episode, they have all done things. It’s about who you decide to be now that matters, not who you were in the past."

Jeffrey says:

"I think forgiveness is something that is on a case by case basis. In Dwight’s situation, he apologized repeatedly to Tara and Daryl for what he did, showing real emotion and regret. He very clearly changed and felt shame for the bad things he did. On the flip side, there are some characters who do bad things and feel no regret or any signs of change. Those characters that aren’t willing to apologize are much harder to forgive."

Ethan says:

"I think in Dwight’s case he can be forgiven. I can’t remember him doing anything drastic other than just surviving like our main group. But some people can definitely not be redeemed."

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What do you think TWDFamily? Has Dwight done enough good in the world to make up for the bad things he’s done as a Savior on The Walking Dead? Has his suffering redeemed him? Would you give him another chance? Tweet us and tell us your opinion: @SonyaIryna, @WrittenBySara, @TWalkingDWorld, @EthanCorby and @UndeadWalkingFS