The Walking Dead Fans Respond: What's the Deal with Eugene?

Is Eugene just playing along to survive, or is he really stone-cold Negan?

by | February 27, 2017 | Comments

Josh McDermitt (Gene Page/AMC)

On the latest installment of The Walking Dead on Sunday night, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) quickly reminded fans just how much of a cowardly lion and survivor he truly is.

Spoilers ahead!
Stop here if you haven’t seen episode 11, season 7 of The Walking Dead

In the episode, titled “Hostiles and Calamities,” Eugene did everything he could to get in the good graces of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and stay at The Sanctuary, and by the end of the episode, Eugene even said he is Negan. In fact he said, “I am Negan! I am utterly, completely, stone-cold Negan. I was Negan before I even met you. I just needed to meet you properly to know. I am Negan.”

Eugene is so convincing, fans don’t know if he’s serious or if he’s putting on the ultimate act to do what he does best: stay alive.


Josh McDermitt, Elyse Nicole DuFour, Chloe Aktas (Gene Page/AMC)

Whatever is going on with Eugene, at least he’s smart enough to pretend to be smarter and more invaluable than he is, and he’s smart enough not to listen to Negan’s wives. For a while there it seemed like they had tricked him, but Eugene is a man of many unexpected gifts.

Austin Amelio as Dwight - The Walking Dead (Gene Page/AMC)

Speaking of gifts, Dwight (Austin Amelio) has a knack for fooling viewers and being a bigger SOB than anyone could ever imagine. The way he double-crossed and framed the doctor is both inspiring and horrifying. Sherry’s (Christine Evangelista) letter was right: Dwight has become a monster, and it’s partially her fault. In fact, Sherry said she didn’t know if Dwight would embrace her, turn her in or kill her, so she ran away.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Tim Parati as Dr Emmit Carson - The Walking Dead (Gene Page/AMC)

It’s no wonder that Eugene’s fear of Negan and the Saviors only grew once he saw Negan throw the doctor in the fire on Dwight’s word. As it turns out, Eugene also figured out that Negan valued Dwight over the doctor in order for him to spare Dwight’s life. But the Saviors have a backup M.D., right?


The strangest alliance to come out of this episode has to be the bond between Eugene and Dwight. On one hand, you could interpret this as game recognizing game. Both men are cowards and both men know how to ingratiate themselves with Negan in order to stay alive.

But viewers also haven’t forgotten that it was just a season ago that Eugene bit Dwight’s man region in order to escape. #neverforget

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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