The Walking Dead put Eugene front and center in the newest episode of the show, and it seems to feature a heel turn for the phony scientist.
Eugene is the biggest coward on The Walking Dead. However, it seems he has found a new place to belong in the ranks of Negan’s Saviors in the new episode. But it’s already looking like Eugene is getting a little too comfortable in his new position. It leaves one to ask the question… is Eugene now a “villain”?
The funniest moment in “Hostiles and Calamities” is Eugene taking that stuffed sloth he’s calling a “gremblygunk”. But it was just one of many things Eugene took. He is only hours into becoming a Savior, but he’s already growing to like taking things just for the sake of taking them. Whether it’s a stuffed animal or a used bedpan, it doesn’t matter.
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So right off the bat, we’ve got Eugene adopting the Savior mindset pretty well. In the episode, he is also quick to swear his loyalty to Negan. He refuses to go along with a plan by Negan’s sex slaves to poison Negan, which would avenge Glenn and Abraham. Instead, Eugene implies that those deaths were justified, as the Alexandrians killed many of the Saviors.
The end of the show also sees Eugene swear that he is Negan — the thing Daryl absolutely refused to do. In fact, Eugene says he is so Negan, that he was Negan far before he even met Negan. It’s enough to convince Negan himself that Eugene’s loyalty lies with the Saviors.
Is Eugene truly one of the Saviors now? Negan seems to appreciate him more than Rick Grimes ever did. His comfy new spot in the Sanctuary might have led to him being all too eager to switch sides. So is Eugene really one of the bad guys now?
Eugene on The Walking Dead – Photo by Gene Page/AMC
“I can either stop Negan or play Yars’ Revenge; I’ve made my choice.”
Or, is Eugene just doing what he does best, and bullshitting again? After Rosita’s attempt to kill Negan didn’t work, Eugene could have been killed for making the bullet. He won’t be so lucky next time, so maybe his refusal to betray Negan in anyway is more about self-preservation than anything else.
In any case, we’re just going to have to wait and see where Eugene’s alliance truly lies. What do you guys think… is Eugene “Negan”? Or is he just biding his time until the others can rescue him? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.