This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 7.
The seventh season of The Walking Dead has been pretty action-packed so far with Negan's reign causing problems for the folks of Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop. Last week, Rick found himself confronted by a new group of survivors — aptly called the Heapsters — and made a deal to fight alongside their leader, Jadis.
Tonight's brand new episode of the hit AMC series primarily took place at the Saviors' compound, and Negan most certainly wasn't happy when learning of Daryl's escape. Negan already devastated Rick and the gang after brutally killing Glenn and Abraham back in the season premiere, but it looks like he plans to take things to the next level, using Eugene.
Tonight we learned a little more about the Saviors, specifically Dwight, and Negan continued to toy with his right-hand man. Some of us wondered if Dwight had anything to do with Daryl's unusual escape, but the events of this episode seem to have proved otherwise.
As the tension built over at the Saviors' hideout, a revolution is brewing over at Alexandria — but before we get excited about what's to come in future episodes, let's take a look back at the most exciting, action-packed moments from tonight's episode, titled "Hostilities and Calamities."
1. Dwight Is Punished For Allowing Daryl To Escape
Poor Daryl was forced to endure just about every kind of torture possible at the hands of Dwight, Negan and the other Saviors — I mean, how many times can one endure "Easy Street" on repeat without going insane?
After all of that, we have to admit that this moment was pretty rewarding for us viewers. We haven't seen the Saviors' sanctuary since the mid-season finale, when Daryl escaped, so tonight we got the opportunity to see what happened afterward: Negan had his goons burst into Dwight's room, beat him and then imprison him.
As Dwight sat in the cell, Negan intimidatingly whispered through the door, asking if Dwight had let Daryl go, and then revealed that his "wife" Sherry had vanished too. Negan believed Sherry is actually the person responsible for letting Daryl go, but Dwight disagreed.
Dwight pledged his allegiance to Negan; eventually Negan — who continues to be as intimidating as ever — gave Dwight his freedom back, and told Dwight to go find his former wife; otherwise there would be consequences. Poor Dwight just can't catch a break, can he?
2. Negan Confronts Eugene
The Walking Dead has had a lot of villains over the years, but none of them have proven to be as intimidating as Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan. Even with his comic jokes and unusual tendency to extert his body with each syllable that comes out of his mouth, Negan is one person that you don't want to mess with — and Eugene was the latest character to learn that the hard way.
After kidnapping Eugene in the mid-season finale, Negan transported the clever Alexandria resident to the Saviors' sanctuary — and, upon arrival, the tyrant grilled Eugene about his intellect. From the use of Lucille to the way he circled Eugene, the scene was rather uncomfortable to watch.
It's becoming clear that Negan wants to use Eugene's unique set of skills to his benefit. Let's just hope Rick can get to him before that happens. The funny thing is, Eugene held his own, and "Dr. Smarty-Pants" gave Negan practical solutions ... and probably saved his own life in the process.
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3. Dwight Discovers Sherry Is Responsible For Daryl's Escape
Dwight's search for Sherry brought him to an old, abandoned house, and it became apparent that he and Sherry used to live here together — probably before the apocalypse. Dwight looked for his wife, calling out her name, but there was nobody home, much to his dismay. He found an old note, written in Sherry's handwriting, and it became apparent that Sherry left Daryl the escape note.
Dwight lost his temper when he found another note from Sherry; this time she told him that she no longer loves the person that he's become, and she cannot return with Dwight to the Savior's Sanctuary. She's left him for good, leaving us wondering what will happen to Dwight when he returns home.
4. Dwight's Lies Gets The Doctor Killed
Dwight lied to Negan and told him that the sanctuary's doctor had allowed Daryl to escape because the doctor secretly had a crush on Sherry. Despite their history, Negan believed him and gathered all of the Saviors together to witness another sacrifice. This time, Eugene was present and he was forced to watch the terrifying moment.
The doctor was puzzled, unsure of what he had done, and unfortunately, Dwight refused to tell the truth. As Negan approached with the red-hot iron, the doctor admitted that he was responsible, and Negan dropped the iron. Instead, he grabbed the doctor and launched him straight into the furnace, making us viewers incredibly uncomfortable. Has there ever been a villain more terrifying than Negan?
5. Eugene Becomes Negan's Ally
After Eugene had experienced a day in the life of the Saviors, it was time for Negan to pay him a visit. it was an interesting moment for us viewers, as Eugene was still intimidated by the tyrant — who wouldn't be after witnessing him burning a man alive?
However, before Negan could even ask, Eugene pledged his allegiance to Negan by saying "I am Negan" repeatedly. Negan was delighted — and the next scene saw Eugene, seemingly more confident, carrying out some construction on the compound. Is it a cover, or has Eugene really gone to the dark side?
The second half of the season has definitely picked up the storytelling pace, and now Negan has made an ally out of Eugene. With Negan's dislike for betrayal becoming more and more evident, it's only a matter of time before the heinous tyrant makes another move on the Alexandrians.
Thankfully, Rick and the group are plotting to take out their ruler once and for all — and with the help of Jadis and the new group of survivors, Negan should start watching his back.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c. What do you think will happen in next week's episode? Tell us in the comment section below.