There have been no shortage of sleazy, cowardly, and manipulative characters on “The Walking Dead.” When the world ends and society falls, people give in to their worst impulses in order to survive. But Gregory (Xander Berkeley), the disgraced leader of Hilltop Colony, might take the cake as the biggest weasel in the apocalypse.
Gregory’s tally of dastardly offenses is far reaching. He can’t remember the names of anyone in his community. He refuses to stand up to The Saviors in any form, befriending Simon (Steven Ogg) for his own selfish gain. He allows the town’s only doctor to be taken away. And he even tries to murder Maggie (Lauren Cohan) when he sees his constituents look to her as a leader.
In the Season 8 premiere, “Mercy,” Gregory pulled his most audacious stunt yet. When the combined forces of Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom showed up at Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) doorstep in a show of force, Gregory threatened to exile any Hilltop citizen who took up arms against The Saviors. Thankfully this power grab yielded nothing, as his community firmly backed Maggie as their new leader.
All of these groan-worthy actions beg the question: how on earth has such an ill equipped louse survived this long in the apocalypse? If you’ve been keeping up with our “Walking Dead” coverage at Gold Derby, you know I’ve pegged Gregory as a goner since his first episode. The man has zero survival skills and is useless in virtually every situation the show has thrown at him. Yet he persists. One could almost feel the collective cheers of viewers around the globe when Gregory was seconds away from becoming zombie food in “Mercy.” But Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) thwarted Gregory’s demise by guiding him to safety and allowing the weasel to abscond with the only remaining escape vehicle.
So, do you think this man’s luck needs to run out soon? He has now made enemies with everyone from Jesus to Maggie to Simon. It’s easy to picture any one of them taking him out, now that he has failed them all. Of course, given his ineptitude around the dead and current lack of a home base, he could find himself overwhelmed out in the wild. In that case he may fall prey to the devouring hordes he narrowly escaped this week. Or is there more story to be told? Xander Berkeley plays the part perfectly, and epic series like “The Walking Dead” always need plenty of villains you love to hate. Perhaps there is an interesting and sinister story to tell now that he is flying solo with the world against him. Let us know your thoughts in the poll below.