In the episode of The Walking Dead, called “Go Getters,” which stars Steven Ogg as Simon. This character is another version of Negan, though he is much funnier than Negan.
Many of Negan’s lines are better on paper (in the comic), while they often come off as annoying innuendos in the show, unlike Simon, whose quips play better on the screen.
Steven Ogg comes from various shorts and video game work (Grand Theft Auto V), before really taking the small screen by storm this year. His roles in both The Walking Dead and HBO’s Westworld, where he stars as Rebus, are drawing attention.
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Introducing Simon on The Walking Dead
Simon is another character that doesn’t exist in the comic book, much like Sasha and Daryl. He was created specifically for the show, and so far, he’s more compelling than Negan and Dwight.
The episode’s title even came from Simon, after he labeled Rick’s group as a bunch of “Go Getters.” Now that they are working for Negan, Simon stepped up, since the Negan who was in charge of Hilltop was killed.
This episode was dark, but Simon’s charisma seemed to shine through. Ogg has only appeared in three episodes so far, but he’s already outshined the weak Gregory. Plus, he’s more charismatic than the other villains this season.
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Simon is More Compelling than Dwight
Dwight isn’t compelling enough to be an antihero (thus far), and he’s not scary enough to be a real villain. It’s possible that Simon may take over some of Dwight’s actions in upcoming episodes, since he seems to be both threatening and likable at the same time.
Ogg’s portrayal of Simon has taken an insignificant character and turned him into perhaps the most entertaining Savior of the bunch. He’s a Negan loyalist, of course, but he actually does seem more understanding, where Negan only talks the talk.
Either way, it’s great to see Ogg on both series. Westworld and The Walking Dead have drastic, over-the-top settings that rely on character. Each has a way to showcase a play on the masses (through androids or zombies), and both are quite compelling to watch on Sunday nights with the help of Steven Ogg.
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