The Walking Dead series
Who IS The Most IRREDEEMABLE?
You might think it was a foregone conclusion, but for the final season of The Walking Dead, Pamela Milton is the most irredeemable villain. And, while it may seem obvious, I almost gave the crown to Carver. Looking back at him — His callousness, his cruelty, his penchant for violence — I almost convinced myself that he was the most irredeemable heel of the final season, but, as strong of a case as he made, I couldn’t give it to Pamela.
While putting on the façade of benevolence, she secretly ruled the Commonwealth with an iron fist. While her son was getting people killed with his doomed heists, and Hornsby was attacking other communities to cover up his own shady dealings, she was secretly having people shipped off to forced labor camps the whole time, dooming them to a miserable existence, cut off from their families (Some even having their children ripped from their arms to be adopted by strangers) for the rest of their lives…assuming, of course, they didn’t die in a dark, miserable cave trying to complete one of Pamela’s self-aggrandizing construction projects.
When the people of the Commonwealth believed they had something resembling the freedoms they enjoyed before the outbreak (Pamela did do a good job of presenting the place as being in continuity with the laws of the good ol’ US of A, after all), and protested against the deaths Sebastian caused with his fruitless heists, rather than hold Sebastian to the same standard everyone else would have been held to, she decided to have the troopers lure walkers to the Commonwealth, so as to have an excuse to force the populace into lockdown.
When Sebastian died (Due to the walkers Lance Hornsby introduced into the community), instead of making Hornsby face punishment for Sebastian’s death, she chose to use that tragedy to railroad Eugene in the hopes of cowing the rest of the Commonwealth into submission.
When that failed, she tried to disperse the angry crowds by manufacturing another walker attack, and when that failed, rather than try to mount a proper defense against the herd or maybe arm the citizens to help in the battle, she told the troopers to corral the dead towards the lower wards, so that they would consume the very people protesting against her, and buy her and her cronies time to hole up in their mansions.
And, finally, when those same citizens begged her to let them inside her gated community to escape the dead, even though she would have had time to help, she chose to lock them out, intending to leave them to the worst fate imaginable.
All of this was born out of her efforts to maintain her position of power. There was no legitimate pragmatism in her actions, just pure Machiavellianism, simply trying to preserve her political power by any means necessary. This puts even The Governor to shame. Yes, he fed Martinez to walkers, but he never condemned his entire community to be trapped between the dead and a wall! Pamela did.
Nothing Pamela could do would ever balance out the self-serving callousness, cynical manipulation, and Stalin-esque tyranny she committed against those she was charged with leading. I don’t know if she’d be the most irredeemable of the entire series (She does make a good case for it, though), but without question, she is the most irredeemable villain of the final season of The Walking Dead.
So, what do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Is there someone else you think should be on this list (I know, for example, that I left out The Warden)? Is there someone else in this season you think was worse? Let me know in the comments!
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