Is The Walking Dead's Dwight Gone For Good? Here's What Scott Gimple Says
Spoiler alert for the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead. If you haven't watched "Wrath", check out one of our other stories.
The Walking Dead Season 8 has just come to a close, and the fandom is still reeling from the unexpected and explosive finale, as well as the end of All Out War. While the fans may have had an idea about how it was all going to shake out, TWD succeeded in bringing a ton twists to the narrative that surprised both fans and critics. One of the biggest WTF moments was the fate of Dwight, as Daryl spared his life but banished him from the communities. Could this really be the last we see of Dwight? Here's what Walking Dead head honcho Scott M. Gimple had to say about it,
The age old Walking Dead rule returns. If a character's death isn't shown on screen, then there is always the possibility they could return to the narrative of the series (unless you're Heath). Considering what an instrumental role Dwight had in the past two seasons, smart money says the former Savior pops back up before long.
Scott M. Gimple's comments to TV Line are sure to come to a relief for Walking Dead fans that have grown attached to Dwight over the past three seasons. We've watched him as Negan beat down his spirit and burned his face. We also saw how the antihero attempted to navigate his personal relationship with Sherry, as well as the abuse he endured by Negan. He eventually became fixated with Daryl Dixon, serving as his personal tormenter during Mr. Dixon's time in captivity in The Sanctuary.
While he may have stolen from Daryl and killed Denise, Season 8 allowed Dwight to redeem himself. He helped serve as a mole for Rick and The Militia, saving their ass a few times throughout the course of the war. Dwight was almost killed as punishment for his treason, but the final battle ended in favor of the good guys.
Seeing Dwight leave the narrative felt wrong, but also gave him the opportunity to find his wife. Sherry had escaped The Sanctuary and freed Daryl back in Season 7, and we haven't seen her since. But she's clearly holding out hope for her hubby, so hopefully the couple can be reunited in the near future. And once that happens, they may be able to reenter the communities outside of D.C., especially now that peace has finally been found.
The Season 8 finale has been teased as a game changer for The Walking Dead, so it's unclear how the series will change when it returns next fall. But considering how long the conflict with Negan lasted, the show is definitely due for a change.
You can watch Season 8 of The Walking Dead On Demand on and on the AMC app. Fear The Walking Dead is now airing new episodes on Sundays, including Lennie James' Morgan. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our superhero premiere list and Amazon premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.
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