The Walking Dead: Dead City: The return of Simon

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1 - Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1 - Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC /

Some time ago, a little rumor that held a big impact went around that Savior Simon from The Walking Dead would be making an appearance in The Walking Dead: Dead City. In what would no doubt be a flashback sequence, his presence was certainly not something we were expecting.

Especially considering he wasn’t seen during filming by the copious amounts of Walking Dead fans. This is probably due to the fact that The Sanctuary was filmed in the studio.

Alas, when Dead City season 1 episode 4 aired this past Sunday, there he was, in a flashback scene that also opened the episode. Although the flashback, unfortunately, doesn’t last long, we did get to see Negan, in what we assumed, were the earlier days of his rule over The Sanctuary.

As Negan is busy working on accessing walker locations, Simon arrives to let him know The Croat is becoming a problem. A problem Negan regrets not noticing sooner.

The Walking Dead: Dead City: Simon returns

Sure enough the two make their way to the maniac who had killed a young girl, after brutally torturing her for information. Although Simon is angered by this action (an action he later does himself at Oceanside), Negan is completely silent, unable to process what he’s seeing.

Yes, we learn from Dead City that The Croat had a wife and kids, but this kind of act seems to make us believe this guy would have absolutely been capable of having a career as a serial killer if it weren’t for the apocalypse. This flashback sequence, although brief, seems to still haunt Negan as he reflects upon it before he, Maggie and the group move forward with their plan to kill The Croat and save Hershel.

Would we have loved to have learned more about the early days of The Sanctuary? Yes.

Would it have been nice to at least know how Negan took The Sanctuary, or even how he arrived in the first place? Sure.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for either another flashback to The Sanctuary or for a spinoff to cover that ground. In the end, we were very happy to see the likes of Simon again.

Even though his falling out with Negan was worse than Rick and Shane’s.

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The Walking Dead: Dead City season 1 episode 5 airs on July 16 on AMC.