Why Walking Dead's Eugene made THAT decision

Ben Lee
Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC

From Digital Spy

Warning: This article contains major spoilers about this week's Walking Dead episode, which airs in the UK tonight.

Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC

Rosita and Sasha's mission to take out Negan was sidetracked in The Walking Dead's latest episode, when they came across Eugene at the Sanctuary.

Naturally, they decided to try to save him – but the guy refused to be saved, crying and walking back inside instead.

There's been a lot of speculation lately over whether Eugene is truly Team Negan or if he's just playing it smart and still secretly Team Rick. So no doubt many fans are wondering if this latest action confirms Eugene's betrayal.

But it's not quite as clear-cut as that, as actor Josh McDermitt explains.

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"I think if Eugene is going to do anything, he wants to do it on his own terms," he told ComicBook. "I also think he's comfortable living there.

"He's scared all the time and a big source of that fear is coming from Negan, so if he were to leave, he would just be as scared because Negan's going to come after him."

That's a fair point. Negan has been obsessed about hunting down fugitive Daryl, so it stands to reason that the villain would want Eugene dead if he escaped.

Photo credit: AMC

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"I don't think he wants to leave," McDermitt added. "I don't think he wants Negan to hurt anyone.

"I don't think he wants his friends to get hurt, but if he can live in the Sanctuary and just live in peace, he's going to take that over anything."

Showrunner Scott Gimple also shared his views on Eugene's decision.

"He might just be pragmatic," he told Variety. "It's pretty consistent for the guy who lied to people to get him across the country to get him to safety.

"He had changed, and now he's changed back. The most important thing for Eugene, and it's difficult to argue this point, is being alive, is safety. And he's found safety in the Sanctuary."

The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US and on FOX in the UK.

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