It goes without saying that last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was an extremely heavy one. First, there was the loss of nearly the entire Kingdom army. Then we had to watch them all reanimate and try to kill King Ezekiel, which was another gut punch. Unfortunately, those moments weren’t even the worst of it. In the episode’s closing moments, our beloved tiger Shiva sacrificed herself to a horde of walkers to save Ezekiel as he watched in horror. It was completely devastating and resulted in us all staring at our screens like this:
However, despite being an episode of heartbreak, fans of The Walking Dead were quick to find some distractions and humor throughout – mainly having to do with this Savior:
Thanks to Chris Hardwick on Talking Dead, non-comic book readers learned that this here Savior was named Gunther (even though he introduced himself to Ezekiel as Negan). Gunther hits the scene by first murdering Alvaro and then capturing a wounded Ezekiel to take him back to Negan. Now, this is all fine and well, he’s a Savior just doing what he’s been told to do, however, viewers couldn’t help but notice that Gunther looked and acted unlike any Savior we’d seen before.
— Brittani Jay (@theebrittanijay) November 13, 2017
Someone please tell this Savior it isn’t 1985 anymore. Jesus, even Eugene looks better than him & he has a mullet for god’s sake #TheWalkingDead
— Lynz (@FoxyUnicorn28) November 13, 2017
— Tara Chambler (@TaraFknChambler) November 13, 2017
— Charlie Schneider (@AwesomEmergency) November 13, 2017
Almost immediately comparisons to notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer were all over Twitter and even received a mention on Talking Dead by Hardwick.
That Savior was literally Jeffrey Dahmer 2.0 #TheWalkingDead
— Jess(ica) Layburn (@jesSLAYburn24) November 13, 2017
— kasey (@TheLittleLugo) November 13, 2017
Bizarre cameo from Jeffrey Dahmer in #TheWalkingDead but fair play to him for some how coming back from the dead to play such a pivotal role in the episode.
— Comrade Maxwell (@1999_adam) November 13, 2017
Okay but tell me why this guy on #TheWalkingDead looks exactly like Jeffrey Dahmer.
— Less Spooky Mulder (@soylatted) November 13, 2017
However, the comparisons didn’t stop there. Viewers then began giving other suggestions for who they believed Gunther was channeling and the results were absolutely perfect.
Ace Ventura/Jim Carey
— Shannon (@swhollifield) November 13, 2017
This Savior looks like if Jim Carey and Jeffrey Dahmer had a baby #TheWalkingDead
— Ashley Sevs (@Asevs1986) November 13, 2017
Napolean Dynamite references were abundant!
— i bite if you really make me want to bite you (@NotableHowler) November 13, 2017
— Crissy (@amorchanga) November 13, 2017
— VisualAnthology (@bethannphoto) November 13, 2017
My personal favorite
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) November 13, 2017
There were some popular movie/TV dad references
Holy crap! The Cheerleader’s Dad from Heroes is also a Savior and captured Ezekiel? #TheWalkingDead
— Matt Barry (@MattBarry1199) November 13, 2017
But why is Rick Moranis a Savior now? #TheWalkingDead
— Brittney M-M (@BrittTalks) November 13, 2017
Wet Hot American Summer
— Jessica Alsman (@jnalsman) November 13, 2017
— Omari Daniels (@TheOtherBigO) November 13, 2017
Of course, there were a few fans who felt that his look wasn’t the best of distractions.
— Anjali B. (@abenawra) November 13, 2017
This character seemed out of place for the apocalypse. Didn’t really seem like a savior. #TheWalkingDead
— gskarebear (@gskarebear) November 13, 2017
Like, Glasses dude? That’s just comically bad evil. It takes me out of the show because it’s so ridiculous #TheWalkingDead
— Ash (@hypest_ash) November 13, 2017
Overall, I think that we can all agree:
— Tyler Reznik (@Tyler_Reznik) November 13, 2017
Thankfully we didn’t have to watch Gunther torture Ezekiel for too long as Jerry showed up and sliced him in half using his iconic battle ax.
What were your thoughts on Gunther? Did he remind you of anyone?
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Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.