If you’re wondering what happened with Eugene, this week’s episode let us know how our friendly neighborhood coward is doing on Negan’s compound.
But first, we find out what happens when the saviors find out Darryl is gone. Darryl’s adoptive caretaker, Dwight, panics when he finds that Fat Joey is dead and no one is in Darryl’s cell. And with good reason, being that Negan is going to need someone to punish for the lack of supervision that led to Darryl’s clean escape. What makes the situation even more nerve racking is that Dwight’s sweetheart, one of Negan’s multiple wives, was the one that set Darryl free. She had to set him free after all he did for her sister. She also saw how Dwight was obsessed with him, which we now know is because Darryl reminds Dwight of who he used to be. That’s why he took his bike, vest and seemed to enjoy when Darryl was being tortured. How dare Darryl be as free as Dwight once was?
Negan wasted no time in having a pack of saviors pound Dwight into the ground. And still I wonder, how long will this loyalty to the master continue?
Eugene is using his expert bullshit skills to impress Negan. He’s looking like the doctor, scientist, and expert medical tech that he never was. He solves Negan’s problem with rapidly decaying zombies hanging from the gates, suggesting that Negan have them covered in molten metal.
This is when Negan uses one of his mind control tactics, that I’ve found, is rarely discussed. Negan elevates Eugene’s position amongst the saviors. He gives him his own room with video games and a fully stocked refrigerator. They give him a jar of pickles!
How is this a mind control tactic? Well the others will now look at Eugene and ask themselves, “What does he do that he deserves all that? I’ve been here all along, loyal AF, and no one has ever given me those cool bonuses.” Jealousy creates division. Saviors that are divided will never join together to take Negan out.
He also lets Eugene have some of his wives. Not for sex, as if Eugene would ever have the guts to get there, but for companionship. After they pretend to be impressed with Eugene’s ability to explain things beyond his own comprehension, two of the girls ask him to find a way for their third friend to die peacefully in her sleep. She can’t go on living and just wants to die and her friends are being really good friends by assisting in her suicide.
Eugene says some pills will work in the suicide and pays a visit to the woman who tracks and gives out supplies. She tells him to get to the back of the line, but he grows a pair and uses his doctor status (Negan refers to him as Dr. Smartypants) and chumminess with Negan, to convince her to give him the pills. Is this really the time for Eugene to pull his weight? This woman will remember him taking those pills even if her files burn down to the ground, because he wanted to come in like her was Captain America.
Speaking of doctor, Negan does have one M.D. on staff. He even has those tasteless lollipops most kids would trade in for grandma’s hard, equally tasteless, candy.
Which brings us back to Dwight and his missing wife. She let Darryl free and then she left. If there’s one shred left of humanity in Dwight, it lies in the well being of the love of his life. So he knows that Negan will notice she’s missing and he will look for her, and he will punish her. So, Dwight tells Negan that he tried to stop her from leaving but some walkers devoured her. The way Negan didn’t ask him any questions suggests that Negan is going to patiently wait this truth to prove itself. There is now a ticking time bomb on Dwight’s life.
If she should ever show up in one of their outings, Negan will know Dwight lied. Torture city.
To tie up all the loose ends, Dwight edits the letter he got from her and places it in the doctor’s possession. The letter makes it look like the doctor was in love with her and helped free Darryl and then set her free too. Dwight then points the doctor out as an accomplice to Darryl’s escape and his wife’s disappearance. Negan picks up the doctor and throws him into a scorching hot furnace. Dwight stood there as they burned the man alive. I’m still waiting for Dwight’s breaking point because he has no soul unless it involves that woman.
With no doctor to tend to the sick and injured, Eugene has been promoted to a literal Dr. Smartypants. When the girls return to pick up the pills, he lets them know he got them, but he’s not going to give it to them. They get so pissed they call him a coward. Don’t forget that a coward he has always been. He’s not risking his life, knowing that he can maintain a cushy stay on the compound, if he abides by Negan’s rules. And he’s not going to die for no one—at this time.
He even tells Negan that he is Negan (you know, the savior I-am-Negan thing). He says he was Negan before he even got there. He sure the hell was.
Taking on Negan’s name is another mind control tactic. Negan erases the identities of his followers by telling them that they are not unique, they are all him, and they are all the same. Eliminating the identity of an individual will cause them to lack any ambitions that come with rebellion. I am Negan, therefore, I will do as he does and I will be whatever he tells me to be. Eugene is a coward that has always been willing to do what others say in order to survive. He’s Negan.
Now the question lies: Is Eugene acting till he’s rescued or has he turned into a savior out of fear?
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