We’ve reached the end of The Walking Dead’s final season. There was a fair share of villains this season, but do any of them deserve redemption?
If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that I love seeing a character who had once been on the opposite of Rick’s group turn face and find some way to redeem themselves. At a time when many in The Walking Dead family despised Father Gabriel, I, without having gotten to that point yet in the comics, held out hope for him to redeem himself. When he manned up and helped Rick defeat the herd invading Alexandria, I was vindicated.
When people hated Eugene (and gave Josh McDermitt trouble just for portraying him), I stuck by him, believing that he’d eventually abandon the Saviors and make things right. Once again, I was proven right.
And what might be my favorite moment in the entire series, when Merle helped Daryl save Rick from a band of walkers outside of the prison, it still makes me cheer.
I love a good redemption story. It’s why, after each season of The Walking Dead, I’ve made a point of sitting down, looking back at the villains of that season, and asking this: Who among them may not have been as bad as we were led to believe? Who is the most redeemable?