Eugene is somewhat of an oddity on the televised version of The Walking Dead. At certain points, he seems to be “Team Rick Grimes,” but, when convenient, he’s also more than willing to be “Team Negan.” So where does his loyalty truly lie?
In the very beginning, Eugene quickly realized that he was a coward in a world of superhero-like survivors. To save himself, he lied to Abraham and came up with a story to gain ongoing protection.
In order to survive, Eugene proved he would lie, cheat, and steal to protect his own life. With that in mind, Eugene is always going to be “Team Eugene.”
Whatever It Takes To Survive On The Walking Dead
When Negan killed Spencer in front of everyone on the streets of Alexandria, Eugene was perhaps the most frightened we’ve seen anyone. Despite seeing zombies and various other deaths, this was a little more impactful for him.
For starters, it happened in the Safe Zone of Alexandria. Like the others, Eugene got comfortable within the walls of Alexandria. When Negan walked in and gutted a man beside a pool table, it was a refresher of the real world they live in.
After Eugene confessed to making Rosita a bullet, there was no fight to go ahead and leave the Saviors.
Choosing The Winning Side Of The War
Once Eugene became an official Negan, he felt something he hadn’t felt since he first met Abraham: respect. Surprisingly, this respect from the Saviors meant ignoring the fact that they killed Abraham and Glenn in front of him.
With every decision that Eugene makes, he is working out of fear. The latest dilemma for Eugene was deciding how to treat Father Gabriel and what to do about his dilemma with Dwight.
In the end, it was clear that Eugene had intended to tell Negan the truth about Dwight but the other Lieutenants accidentally stopped him. As for Father Gabriel, Eugene did the right thing but for the wrong reasons.
Eugene used his wits to make a guard sick so Father Gabriel and Dr. Carson could escape, but he only did this so he can sleep better at night. When it comes down to deciding which side Eugene is on, you only need to consider who benefits him the most at that point in time.
Do you think Negan or Rick Grimes will ever just kill Eugene for disloyalty?