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Mild spoilers below for the latest episode of The Walking Dead, titled "Hostiles and Calamities."
Eugene may not have been given a big fluffy robe and chocolates whenever he was ushered into Negan's Sanctuary on The Walking Dead, but he was certainly living it up more luxuriously than Daryl had been during his stay. However, just because Eugene appeared to be safe within those walls doesn't mean actor Josh McDermitt was. Remember the moment from Sunday night's episode where Eugene was showing off his science project skills in front of some of the Saviors? It turns out the actor feared for his mullet's life. Here's how he put it.
That's certainly no laughing matter to anyone who has a head of hair that's susceptible to bursting into flames...which is pretty much anyone. But I guess since he was the one making the "science" happen, Josh McDermitt was at ground zero when the fireball balloons started, so he didn't have the proper distance from the situation to offer a reaction relative to the actual danger. Human beings haven't survived for as long as we have by NOT running away from flying fire. I'm not sure if this means McDermitt would do a better job of surviving in the post-apocalypse, but I feel like everyone who was laughing at him would definitely be doomed.
Eugene was all about trying to appear fully in control of himself inside the Sanctuary (after initially blubbering outside his room's door), but it would have been fantastic to see the character lose it in that moment and tear ass around the room, screaming loud enough to raise a second wave of walkers. It certainly would have made him appear a little less credible to Negan's wives at that point, though it's hard to tell if they truly want to kill Negan or if they were just testing Eugene's motivations. Setting his hair on fire would have been as good a way to get the truth as biting someone's genitals, which he knows a little something about.
During his interview with EW, Josh McDermitt was asked if fans will maybe get a chance to see him zipping around like a pissed wasp on a blooper reel when the next Blu-ray set comes out. His answer gives us hope.
Nobody would want anything terrible like that to happen to Josh McDermitt, but the same might not be true for the character if Eugene really is getting his nose comfortably browned by Negan. Everyone be sure to wear flame-retardant hairnets next week, as The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out what the comics tell us about Eugene's potential villainy and then head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what's on the way for TV fans.