Spencer Monroe (Austin Nichols) entered Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” as the last surviving member of the Monroe clan. He could have carried on his mother Deanna’s (Tovah Feldshuh) legacy of practical leadership. Instead, Spencer wound up gutted like a fish in the mid-season finale. But fans (and characters on the show) seem to have moved on quickly. Has Spencer been forgotten, or are there still fans mourning the loss of their favorite bad boy? Click through our photo gallery above highlighting the Top 21 most shocking “The Walking Dead” deaths of all time, and then vote in our poll below to let us know if YOU miss Spencer.
The murders of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) have propelled the Alexandria survivors toward their newfound quest for revenge. We see the direct effects of their deaths on the loved ones they leave behind. Daryl (Norman Reedus) is even afraid to let Carol (Melissa McBride) know about the double homicide for fear of how she would react. Images of Abraham and Glenn’s deaths have been burned into fans’ brains, and people are still talking about them many months later.
The cocky Spencer also faced a grisly end at the hands of Negan, when he pitched overthrowing Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and asked to be enlisted as the new leader of Alexandria. The slimy move didn’t sit well with Negan who sliced open Spencer’s stomach in front of the entire community. Sure, it’s arguably less graphic than having one’s head repeatedly bashed in with a baseball bat, but the man had to look at his own intestines in his hands as he died.
Aside from the initial shock of watching guts spill onto the pavement, characters on “The Walking Dead” have made little mention of Spencer lately. His short-lived fling with Rosita (Christan Serratos) made her angry enough to try and shoot Negan, but even she seems to have moved on in recent episodes. When Spencer reanimated as a zombie, Rick stabbed him in the head without much fuss. Fans too seemed eager to be rid of the man causing Rick so much trouble at home, when he has The Saviors to worry about. Maybe viewers prefer one villain at a time in their zombie apocalypse?
Or perhaps TV watchers were too distracted by the death of Olivia (Ann Mahoney) to care about Spencer. If he was a selfish weasel, Olivia was a kind-hearted innocent. The bullet she took to the face came out of nowhere, and surprised fans of the comic book by deviating from the script. Mourning a character so pure of heart is natural, but isn’t there also a place for someone who provides conflict for our heroes? With war on the horizon, Alexandria can’t afford to lose potential soldiers, even narcissistic ones. Let us know your thoughts on Spencer in the poll below.