The Walking Dead is heading toward its midseason finale, and fans know by this point that midseason finales often result in somebody important biting the dust. A lot of characters are in serious danger in Season 8, and many of them could face mortal peril in the next episode. As it happens, however, The Walking Dead may have already revealed a major character who is going to die sooner rather than later. In last week's episode, a scene between Eugene and Dwight might have teased how Dwight is doomed to die.
Last week's episode saw Eugene confronting the traitor within the Sanctuary, having realized that it was none other than Dwight. For his part, Dwight didn't seem too concerned that Eugene would give him up to Negan, arguing that all Eugene needed to do was absolutely nothing, and Rick and Co. could take out Negan. It was their later confrontation that may have sealed Dwight's fate. Eugene built a flying contraption designed to lead the hordes of Walkers away from the Sanctuary, and he had a recorder running to record his spoken notes of the test flight. It was at this point that Dwight showed up, pulled a gun on Eugene, and literally said "I'm working with them" about Rick and the others.
If Eugene's recorder caught everything that Dwight had to say and he shares the recording with Negan, Dwight would almost certainly be killed for his betrayal. Now, on the one hand, Eugene's recorder didn't exactly look state-of-the-art, and Dwight was speaking from a distance. It's possible that the recorder didn't pick up the particulars of what Dwight said, and Dwight has been valuable enough to Negan that Negan might not want to kill him based on what may or may not have been a confession. Also, given Eugene's history of indecision, he may be the character in danger if Dwight finds out about a recording. Dwight probably would not hold back from killing Eugene if it meant saving lives and taking down Negan, and the same might not be said about Eugene turning in Dwight.
That said, the recorder may very well prove to be Dwight's undoing. Pulling a gun on Eugene without spying on him for a few moments was a somewhat sloppy move that prevented him from realizing the danger of explicitly revealing his loyalty to Rick. Dwight is certainly a character who could be killed off The Walking Dead in a way that would be a pretty big deal for the characters but probably wouldn't break the hearts of any fans, especially given his actions prior to switching sides. The character is also still alive in the Walking Dead comics, so his death would happen in a way that not even readers can predict as they did with Glenn's iconic death.
We'll have to wait and see. The midseason finale of The Walking Dead Season 8 will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. The trailer indicates that we're in for a big battle, and we might see a big death as well. Be sure to take a gander at our midseason TV premiere guide and our 2017 cancellation rundown.
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