Can Dwight be Redeemed in the Walking Dead?
Can Dwight be redeemed in the Walking Dead?
I have refrained from talking about the walking dead on this site mainly because so many other people are able to break down the episodes far better than I and also, it is nice to have something just for me, something that you don’t have to watch, re-watch, take notes and just consume in the normal way most human beings do. However, I had a thought and given that they don’t come naturally to me I have immediately picked up the laptop to put it to paper.
Why does Dwight want to be Daryl?
This won’t be a long post and really circles around the question above so might be over faster than it started. In a nut-shell I think Dwight looks up to Daryl, he is the man Dwight wants to be. In episode three of season seven Negan gives us some exposition surrounding his relationship with Dwight and surprise surprise, Negan bullied Dwight into submission. At the same time though it is revealed that Dwight gave himself up and now that Daryl has appeared and is defiant to Negan:
Negan - ‘Who are you’
Daryl – ‘Daryl’
Dwight becomes super jealous of this and despises himself for not having the strength to do the right thing. This is why he secretly looks up to Daryl and in a more on the nose clue, Dwight has taken Daryl’s denim waistcoat, his motorbike and his trusty crossbow. Underneath it all Dwight is/was probably a good person but the new world took its toll on him and he is punishing himself for not having the strength to do the righti thing. This has been simmering since the middle of season 6 when Daryl first met Dwight and Sherry. Dwight sees Daryl doing a good thing then and I think what we are seeing now is the ramification of those earlier episode/s.
Can can he (Dwight) be redeemed or not?
My argument that Dwight is really a good guy is a tough one to stick to given the things he has done (shot his mate in the back) but I think he will ultimately be redeemed and the only way he can be, is by dying in the process. I think at some point this season we will see Dwight begin to change his mind and will choose to go against Negan but only when it’s too late. I think Dwight will sacrifice his own life to save Sherry and/or Daryl.
Also I think that Sherry will be the mother of Negan’s baby and will escape to Rick’s group where the original crew will face the fact that they will have to help raise the child of the devil.
That is all.
*Disclaimer – I haven’t read the comic*