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- "I know why I'm here. I know what I did to Denise. To you. To other people. It doesn't matter why. I knew I'd have to face it. To pay. And I should. I'm ready. I got to see Negan get taken down, and that's enough. Me? I'm a piece of shit. There's no going back to how things were. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Please. Please."
- —Dwight to Daryl Dixon, shortly before being spared by his old nemesis.[src]
Dwight, also known as "D.", is a main character and a former antagonist as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a former high-ranking member of the Saviors. After his ex-wife Sherry released Daryl and fled the Sanctuary, Dwight becomes estranged with life as a Savior, and decides to ally with Rick to dethrone Negan.
After outright betraying the Saviors during the destruction of Alexandria, Dwight was a full-fledged member of the Militia for a brief time. In order to buy the survivors of Alexandria more time to escape, Dwight rejoined the Saviors as a mole, protected as no one knew of his betrayal, until Laura returned to the Sanctuary and blew his cover.
Following Negan's defeat and the end of the war, Dwight is exiled by Daryl due to his past actions but is encouraged to go and find his wife, Sherry, eventually starting a new journey in his life and leaving the past behind. He served as an antagonist of the second half of Season 6 and the first half of Season 7.
Dwight is shown to be a brave, highly intelligent and caring person who is a strong, determined survivor and a loving husband towards his wife, Sherry. Dwight is initially introduced as being completely disgusted living a life as a Savior and as a result attempted to get Sherry and sister-in-law Tina as far away as possible and is even willing to cause harm to his former group members in order to escape. While he appreciates the help that Daryl gives them in the forest, Dwight, following Tina's death, quickly betrays him and steals his possessions, showing that he has cowardly tendencies and can be a liar and manipulative.
Following being punished by Negan for fleeing the Sanctuary and causing Tina's death and being permanently mutilated and separated from Sherry, Dwight is shown to become fanatically loyal to the Saviors again and devolves into an antagonist. He is shown to have developed a personal vendetta against Daryl as he attempts to kill him with his own crossbow, though he kills Denise instead and shows little remorse, showing that he is capable of cold-blooded murder. He is shown to want to fulfill Negan's wishes of taking over Alexandria as he attempts to force Daryl and Rosita to take them to their base, though he is stopped by them. Following this he cruelly captures Glenn and Michonne and then Rosita and Daryl and personally delivers them to join the rest of their group in being punished by Negan. His desire to kill Daryl is very evident as he volunteers to kill him after he punches Negan in the face after killing Abraham though Negan does not allow him to. Following this Dwight is left in charge of torturing Daryl psychologically after he is taken as a prisoner and takes some pleasure in tormenting him and is visibly upset when he discovers that Daryl was released by Sherry. He even takes pleasure in taunting Rosita and Aaron when he and his fellow group members arrive at Alexandria to collect their tribute.
In spite of his cruel side, Dwight is gradually revealed to be loyal to the Saviors only for the purposes of protecting Sherry from harm and it is revealed that the only reason Negan allowed him to live was after Sherry offered herself up as one of Negan's wives. Dwight is secretly shown to despise Negan for taking his wife away from him and for his overall cruelty towards others. After Sherry vanishes, Dwight is deeply saddened and in order to protect her from being hunted down and killed by Negan, he is able to frame Emmett Carson, who is then brutally killed by Negan, showing the extreme measures that Dwight is willing to resort to to protect his wife from harm. With no more reason to be loyal to the Saviors, Dwight chooses to align himself with the Militia, claiming that he indeed hates Negan and that he wants him dead. Despite knowing that he could potentially die after Negan's defeat due to his actions towards Daryl and his killing of Denise, Dwight chooses to help free the communities from Negan's tyranny as he knows first hand of the cruelty that Negan and the Saviors are capable of.
During Season 8, Dwight his shown to be dedicated to his mission to defeat Negan and is able to help the Militia achieve a majority of their victories against the Saviors by passing them valuable information and in the process gets numerous members of his former group brutally slaughtered. He is shown to be careful, cautious and cunning as no member of the Saviors, except Eugene, are able to deduce that he is the Militia's spy. Dwight's loyalty to the Militia is clearly evident in "How It's Gotta Be" in which he takes measures to ensure that the survivors are able to escape from the Saviors posted outside and personally guns down numerous Saviors, though in the process exposes himself to Laura who is able to escape. Following this, Dwight even rejoins the Saviors after learning Laura has not been seen in order to divert them away from Tara and the rest of the fleeing Alexandrians and in the process earns Tara's respect and forgiveness for his killing of Denise. Following Negan's brief disappearance, Dwight chooses to align himself with Simon in taking over the Saviors, possibly showing that he has some slight hope that the Saviors can still function as a group without Negan. However this is shown to be a bad move as Simon is even worse than Negan and wants to completely exterminate the survivors at the Hilltop and Dwight is forced to go along in order to protect his cover. During the assault however, he saves Tara's life again by injuring her before Simon can with an untainted weapon, further proving his care for the Militia and what he is willing to do to earn her full forgiveness.
Upon Negan's return, Dwight continues his attempts to take him down as he takes information down in order to help the Militia finish Negan and the Saviors off permanently and even helps to get Simon exposed as a traitor in order to remove the Militia's second greatest threat only after Negan. However this victory is short lived as Laura is revealed to have exposed Dwight and Negan is revealed to have finally outsmarted him into delivering information via Gregory to the Militia to lead them into a trap.
After the defeat of the Saviors, Dwight is visibly pleased that Negan is defeated; however, when Daryl was apparently about to execute him, Dwight seems to realize how much he still wants to live and begs Daryl for his life while sincerely apologizing for everything he has done. Because of Dwight's genuine remorse for his actions towards Daryl, his murder of Denise and other actions, he is spared, though he is still exiled but encouraged by Daryl to go and find his missing wife.
Dwight was born in the early 1980's, he experienced an average childhood where he grew up in a small town in Virginia. During his youth, he was taught by his his late grandfather in the art of woodcarving, which became a valued hobby of Dwight's and thus he would practice the skill in his spare time. As a young adult, he later met and befriended a local female babysitter named Sherry, originally, when the pair began dating, Dwight was noted for having problems with his memory, and thus would generally fail to remember the pleasant times they both shared as a couple, which caused great frustration on his part. Due to his memory problems, he used post it notes to remind him to do certain tasks.
Eventually the pair soon fell in love and got married where the two lived together in a single-story house located somewhere in Virginia, through their marriage, Dwight befriended his sister-in-law Tina who had diabetes and required insulin in order to treat her condition. Over time, Dwight and Sherry gradually aspired to start a family of their own and thus would attempt to conceive a child together, however their attempts ultimately proved futile.
During the onset of the outbreak, Dwight was present alongside Sherry when the initial chaos and devastation occurred. The pair were forced to flee into a nearby forest which had become infested with a large herd of walkers. In an act of desperation, the pair utilized a large truck through opening the vehicle's valve in order to spread a trail of gas throughout the forest which they ignited to create a massive wildfire that engulfed the pursuing walkers.
After this event, Dwight and Sherry managed to reconnect with Tina who was located in Washington, D.C. at the time. At some point later, the trio somehow came into contact with a group of survivors known as The Saviors, whom they subsequently joined and settled into a compound known as the Sanctuary. Originally, the trio worked together to earn "points" in exchange for supplies; over time, however, they grew to become fearful of the community leader, Negan, due his violent sociopathic actions and oppression.
Eventually, Tina fell behind on points and became unable to purchase the insulin which she so desperately required. She was offered the opportunity to marry Negan and become part of his harem, in exchange for no longer operating in a point capacity and therefore always having access to medication. However, acting on impulse, Dwight personally stole the medication whereupon he, Sherry and Tina fled from The Sanctuary. To their misfortune, they were begrudgingly forced to travel on foot with only a limited amount of supplies as well as a lone pistol for protection. At some point later the three managed to take temporary refuge in the forest which they had previously inhabited.
Daryl Dixon, Sasha Williams, and Abraham Ford are intercepted by a group of survivors apparently led by Wade. When Sasha and Abraham are split from Daryl, they deduce that they were looking for someone else. When Daryl wheels his motorcycle far ahead of the survivors following him into a burnt out forest to hide from them, he walks straight across the road in the other side of the forest. He collapses in fatigue due to his injuries he sustained falling off his motorcycle, when he gets up and decides to try and find the others. He walks past several charred corpses, some still undead and as he gets closer into the heart of the forest he hears noises. He hides his motorcycle and vest under a fallen tree branch and finds two women, Sherry and Tina, who proceed to tell Daryl "You found us" and "We earned what we took." As he hears a noise behind him Daryl turns around and Dwight knocks him out with a baseball bat.
As Daryl is tied up against a tree, Dwight (who refers himself as "D") is keeping an eye on him until the next morning when he forces Daryl to get up and move via gunpoint to help look for 'Patty'. Dwight proceeds to accuse Daryl of being one of them. He keeps Daryl at gunpoint and on the move and Dwight proceeds to tell Daryl it was him that burnt the forest down, to kill the nearby walkers, by driving a gas tank along the woods and setting it alight. They soon reach a fuel distribution plant overrun with walkers, when Dwight, Sherry and Tina look on in horror and claim that Patty is gone. All three of them are suddenly dampened and Tina says that she'll return to the camp and claims that the others will stop looking. As Tina faints, Daryl uses this as a distraction and grabs the duffel bag with his crossbow and runs into the woods with Dwight shooting at him.
He runs far enough into the forest to dive into a small crevice and untie his hands and proceed to try and reach Abraham and Sasha with his walkie-talkie. Just as he catches his breath, he hears a nearby walker approaching and struggles to get his crossbow out the duffel; he eventually succeeds and shoots the walker. As he does he looks down at the contents fallen out of the bag and notices a cooler filled with insulin. Tina is a diabetic. He returns to Dwight and the rest and demands Dwight's gun, which Dwight gives him, and returns the insulin. He is about to leave until Wade shows up with several others in cars and begins searching for Dwight, Sherry and Tina and what they took. Dwight shouts at Wade, telling him he isn't going back and that his people shouldn't be trusted.
Daryl feels guilty and returns to help them and returns Dwight's gun. Daryl distracts Cam who gets bitten on the arm by a hidden walker. Without any hesitation, Cam asks for it to be cut off there and then; Daryl knows these people are bad news. They then give up the search, with Wade telling Cam, "He only wants ass that's willing". Dwight is surprised at Daryl for helping them because he thought he was one of them. Soon, they stumble across a melted greenhouse. Dwight feels guilty because he burnt the forest down and they knew the people residing there.
Tina finds two corpses engulfed in hardened molten glass, who were friends of theirs. Tina proceeds to cry and grieve, until the corpses suddenly turn into walkers, breaking out and biting Tina to her death. Daryl kills the walkers and Dwight, Daryl or Sherry put Tina down before she can turn. As Dwight is burying Tina, Daryl asks him the three questions. When asked how many walkers he has killed, Dwight says a lot, couple of dozen at least. When asked how many people and why he responds with none and that when you kill in this world, there's no going back.
Satisfied, Daryl invites Dwight and Sherry to Alexandria to which they accept. All is well until Dwight holds Daryl at gunpoint again, apologizes and takes his bike and crossbow.
As they say they're sorry, Daryl mutters "You're gonna be" and the pair proceed to ride away on Daryl's motorcycle.
Dwight and Sherry decided to return to the Sanctuary as they felt it was their best chance for survival. Upon their return, Negan was infuriated that they had gotten Tina killed and about the maiming his men suffered while going after them. As punishment, Negan was about to kill Dwight, until Sherry offered to marry him if he spared Dwight. Negan agreed, but felt that it was not enough punishment, so he burned the left side Dwight's face with a clothing iron. After his maiming, Dwight spent a long amount of time in solitary confinement. At some point he was let out and became one of Negan's top guys and no longer had to work for point and was given private living quarters, but he was now separated from Sherry.
A little over two months after his encounter with Daryl, Dwight reappears alongside Neil and several Saviors after having accidentally shot Denise Cloyd through the back of the head in an attempt to kill Daryl. Emerging from the brush, he presents to Daryl and Rosita Espinosa a bound Eugene Porter, whose life he offers to spare if they take him and his men back to Alexandria for their supplies. Dwight begins to taunt Daryl by explaining how he is still trying to become accustomed to handling his crossbow, reasoning that his poor handling is what caused him to miss his shot and strike Denise.
After more tense confrontation, Eugene speaks up and gives away the position of the nearby Abraham Ford, pointing towards a nearby stack of oil barrels. Dwight orders his men to scout the area, before he is suddenly attacked by Eugene with a powerful bite to the crotch, causing him to scream in pain and drop the crossbow. He and his men are then fired upon by Abraham, Rosita and Daryl, and a mass firefight between the two groups ensues, resulting in the deaths of Neil and several Saviors, the wounding of Eugene, and culminating in Dwight retreating with the remainder of his group.
A day after Denise's death, Daryl goes out to find and kill Dwight, blaming himself for Denise's demise. Glenn Rhee, Michonne, and Rosita go after him. After Rosita splits from the two of them, Glenn and Michonne are ambushed and captured by Dwight and a few Saviors. Some time later, Daryl and Rosita find them gagged next to a group of Saviors resting. Daryl tries to sneak up on the Saviors to save them, but Dwight and another Savior appear behind him and Rosita. Dwight greets Daryl and then shoots him as he turns around, assuring him that he will be fine.
After Rick Grimes, his son Carl, Abraham, Sasha, Aaron, Maggie Rhee, and Eugene are ambushed and surrounded by a large group of Saviors, Dwight appears and brings out a captured Glenn, Michonne, Rosita, and an injured Daryl from a cargo truck. When Glenn tries to intervene to stop Negan from hurting Maggie, Dwight jumps up and subdues him before lining him up again. He is present when Negan beats one of Rick's group to death with his baseball bat, Lucille.
Dwight briefly appears standing along with the rest of the Saviors. When Daryl struck Negan across the face, he asks if Negan wants him to kill Daryl, as he looms over him with his crossbow; however, Negan spares Daryl, and drags him back to the lineup. Later Negan asks Dwight to put Daryl in a van, which he does.
At the start of the episode, Dwight watches TV, plays air hockey with Laura and carves wooden figurines. He is seen inspecting loaves of bread, and he takes one. As he makes his rounds, he searches through the belongings of a man, who tried to steal some supplies for his pregnant wife and son, where he finds pickles and mustard. Dwight grabs tomatoes from a vegetable garden and eggs from a chicken coop. Dwight, Gordon and the workers kneel as Negan passes by. He travels around the Saviors base collecting various other ingredients which he uses to make a sandwich. As he eats his sandwich, he watches distastefully as prisoners "earn points." He then makes another sandwich; unlike the care and variety of ingredients as shown previously, Dwight slaps some canned dog food between two pieces of bread which he takes to Daryl's cell. Dwight leads Daryl out of his cell and takes him to Emmett Carson's office, where Carson has just finished examining Sherry. She recognizes Daryl, but Dwight forbids her from talking to him. She tells Dwight that her pregnancy test is negative and he leaves.
Dwight takes Daryl outside and shows him the compound's fence-line. They watch as two workers secure a new walker outside, it's the red-headed man from the marketplace. Dwight says Daryl will be forced to work in the yard if he doesn't make the right choices. Back in his cell, Daryl tells Dwight that he will never kneel for Negan. "I said that, too.", says Dwight. He shuts the door. The sound of the lock is heard and the music resumes.
Over the course of the episode, Dwight appears to be trying to "break" Daryl into servitude; Negan later approaches Dwight, who has Daryl in custody, and encourages him to be pulled aside for a talk. Once Daryl is secured back in his cell, Negan discusses their efforts in trying to break him with Dwight. As a reward, Negan offers Dwight to sleep with one of his wives with Sherry being the first option. However, Dwight declines. Negan is slightly angered by Dwight's refusal but allows him to follow through on his choice. When news of an escaped worker comes over Dwight's radio, Dwight offers to go to which Negan accepts. After some time he leaves to search for a man who escaped from the Saviors' base. Whilst on the road, Dwight encounters several dismembered and mutilated walkers under an overpass. He has a close brush with death as walkers fall from the overpass above, and force him to dive to the ground amidst the walkers near him.
Eventually, Dwight finds the man he is looking for. He tackles him to the ground and the two set off back to the Saviors' base. However, during the journey, Gordon has a conversation with Dwight, whereupon the man tells Dwight that there's nothing left for him back at the base, and that he'd rather die than go back. Dwight threatens him saying if he doesn't come back, he'll kill everyone the man had ever spoken to and would dig up the man's wife whose corpse would be put on display. Resigned, Gordon goes with Dwight. After a few moments, Dwight changes his mind and shoots him, giving him what he wanted.
When Dwight gets back, he finds Sherry in a stairwell and they smoke cigarettes together. "Is he good to you?" Dwight asks. "Yeah," she says. "We did the right thing," he tells her, "it's a hell of a lot better than being dead." he forces a persistent Daryl to look at a photo of Glenn's corpse taken right after his brutal death, all the while Roy Orbison's "Crying" plays. Dwight hears him sobbing from the hallway and slightly smiles and walks away. Later on, Dwight takes Daryl to Negan, who once again gives Daryl a choice. Negan explains to Daryl how Dwight became one of his top men. Dwight, Sherry and her sister Tina used to work for points. When Tina fell behind on points, on account of her costly medication, he asked her to marry him. Dwight, Sherry and Tina stole the medicine and ran away.
They returned after Tina's death. Dwight asked for forgiveness and begged Negan not to kill Sherry. Sherry offered to marry Negan if he spared Dwight's life. He agreed, after burning Dwight's face with an iron. Dwight has been on board ever since. Negan tells Daryl he can be one of his top men and he can live in this apartment. "All you’ve got to do, is answer one, simple question: Who are you?" Negan asks Daryl the question, first Daryl is silent. He asks again. After a long silence, Daryl refuses to submit to Negan, Dwight takes Daryl back to his cell; where he expresses anger at Daryl, suggesting that he has some compassion for Daryl despite everything that's gone down.
At the end of the episode, Dwight is seen looking out at the fence, where Gordon's reanimated corpse snarls back at him, revealing to the audience that Dwight's kill shot was through the chest so that Dwight could bring him back anyway.
Dwight, along with Negan arrives with a large group of over 30 Saviors; Daryl is among them, looking injured and pale. Negan demands to be let in; Spencer opens the gate for them. Rick meets Negan at the gate and notes that he came earlier than planned. Negan strides into Alexandria and thrusts Lucille into Rick's hands, saying, "Hold this."
Dwight confiscates Rosita and Spencer Monroe's guns. He taunts Rosita by taking her hat and pouring her water out before ordering them to find Daryl's motorcycle and bring it back.
Dwight later retrieves the motorcycle from Spencer and returns Rosita's hat. He asks if she found anything else. "Just your dead friends", she replies. He rides up to Daryl and tells him he can have his bike back - all he has to do is say the word. Daryl remains silent, and Dwight rides off, smirking.
Dwight first appears attacking Carl after he kills George and Chris. Daryl watches helplessly from the other side of the walker-encrusted fence. Negan tells Dwight to back off and offers to show Carl around the compound. Later, Dwight arrives with Daryl in tow, and witnesses the kiss between Negan and Sherry. Daryl carries a snack platter for Negan. Dwight is shown at a furnace on the factory floor, where Mark is tied to a chair. Negan reiterates the importance of rules then brands Mark's face with a hot iron as punishment for his infraction, which is how Dwight got his face burned.
Dwight and Sherry smoke cigarettes in a stairwell. She recalls that their deal with Negan was only supposed to affect them. Dwight points out that if you're still alive, it's always at someone else's expense.
Negan and Carl prepare to leave in the cargo truck. On their way out, Daryl warns Negan against hurting Carl. Negan tells Dwight to put Daryl back in his cell and drives off.
At the Sanctuary, Dwight forces his way to the front of the crowd when a group of Saviors discovers Fat Joey's body in the bike lot where Daryl killed him, and he immediately notices a missing motorcycle. He panics and runs through the halls of the Sanctuary, until he arrives at Daryl's empty cell. It's moments after his escape. Dwight grabs his walkie from his apartment and spots Daryl's prison clothes on the floor. He finds the note that Daryl received from his liberator and studies it: "Go now."
Dwight sits in Daryl's dark cell, now his cell. Negan informs him that Sherry ran away and wonders if she helped Daryl escape. Dwight defends Sherry. Negan continues hypothesizing and questions whether Dwight changed his stripes and helped Daryl himself; he then orders Dwight to find Sherry and bring her back. In the infirmary, Emmett Carson stitches Dwight's wounds and remarks that Sherry was soft and probably helped Daryl escape.
In a flash-forward, Dwight looks at a photo of himself and Sherry in happier times. Back in the present, Dwight retrieves his backpack from his apartment. He grabs a carton of cigarettes from a hiding spot. Inside the carton is a cigarette stained with Sherry's lipstick. Dwight leaves the compound on a motorcycle.
Dwight rides his motorcycle through a dead suburb; he parks in front of an abandoned house and enters. He looks for Sherry in their old home, where they agreed to rendezvous if they ever got separated. He gazes at the photo of himself and Sherry in happier times. He finds a farewell note from Sherry, along with her wedding rings. She admits to freeing Daryl and apologizes for forcing Dwight into Negan's world. Dwight is shaken with emotion; he places the rings in his cigarette carton. In Dr Carson's office, Carson treats Dwight’s wounds. Dwight tells him he killed Sherry. "She ran away from me right into a mess of dead ones, so I made it quick," he says. Carson insists people were cowards before being part of the Saviors. "We don't get to have big hearts," Carson says. "Remember that."
Dwight clipped from her farewell letter and planted in Emmett Carson's desk. "Goodbye. -- Honey," it reads and frames him. Negan accuses Emmett of helping Daryl escape in order to impress Sherry. He shows Emmett a note from Sherry, that Dwight planted. Emmett accuses Dwight of lying, but he quickly folds and falsely confesses when Negan threatens him with the iron. He spares him the torture, but then he grabs Emmett and throws him face-first into the furnace, burning him alive. Negan puts his arm around Dwight, saying "Good thing we have a spare Dr. Carson."
Dwight joins Eugene on the upper stairway. Dwight asks him if he's on board; Eugene assures him that he is. After a name exchange, Eugene ends his introduction with, “We are Negan.” To this, Dwight reluctantly replies "...yeah."
Near the end of the episode, Dwight is seen outside of the Sanctuary with Daryl's crossbow, watching Rosita from afar.
Upon their return to Alexandria, Rosita leads Rick and the others to the jail cell where Dwight is waiting. Daryl tries to attack him, but is held back by Rick and Michonne. Rosita insists Dwight wants to help them. Rick asks if that's true, and Dwight says it is. Rick pulls his gun and orders Dwight to his knees.
Dwight is questioned for his reasoning to why the Alexandrians should trust him and he tells them that he wants Negan dead. Tara reminds Dwight that he killed Denise and he tells them that he wasn't aiming at Denise. This enrages Daryl who holds a knife near Dwight's eye, poised to kill them. Dwight tells Daryl that he served Negan for Sherry's sake and Sherry had saved Daryl, but Sherry is gone now. Daryl reluctantly releases Dwight, believing his story. Dwight offers to help them lay an ambush for the Saviors who are coming to attack Alexandria and then to help them take out the Sanctuary and spread out from there until all of the Saviors are gone.
While Dwight is released to implement his plan, he returns with Negan armed with a rifle when its revealed that the Scavengers betrayed Alexandria. Dwight keeps quiet during the confrontation that follows and doesn't take part in the first gun battle.
As Negan is about to hit Carl with Lucille, Shiva is released by Ezekiel and another commotion ensures as Dwight and the rest begin to open fire and find cover. Due to the overwhelming forces of Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom, Simon hops back into the truck he drove in on, along with Negan and Dwight, and drives them away from the battle, making their retreat. At the end of the episode, Dwight joins Negan alongside Simon and Eugene in addressing the Saviors as they prepare for war.
While cleaning up from the battle, Daryl finds one of Dwight's wooden figures he'd hidden while escaping. Upon the figure, Dwight left the message "didn't know" as a way of telling Daryl and the Alexandrians that he didn't intentionally betray them and wasn't aware of The Scavengers turning on Rick.
Dwight, now working as a mole for the Militia, communicates with Daryl by shooting crossbow arrows with information wrapped on them at each other. In preparation for the Militia's upcoming attack, Dwight supplies Daryl with the locations of the Saviors lookouts on the road to their compound. He also directs a large force of Saviors to investigate an explosion set up by the Militia, well-aware that its actually a trap for whoever goes to investigate.
As the attack begins, Dwight nonchalantly lights a cigarette and walks away as the guards on top of the compound are shot. Dwight joins Negan's other lieutenants to face the Militia when they arrive. Rick calls Dwight out as one of the lieutenants and calls on him as well as the others to make their choice about whether or not to support Negan before letting a massive herd of walkers into the compound. When the Militia opens fire on the Sanctuary, Dwight ducks inside for safety.
Dwight is present for the meeting with Negan and his other lieutenants (Simon, Regina, Eugene, and Gavin) at the Sanctuary. They discuss the joint rebellion of Alexandria, the Hilltop and the Kingdom. Dwight gets up to leave for a cigarette but Negan questions why he wouldn't want to hear Gregory. Dwight says it doesn't matter because he's just going to do what he's told and leaves, unaware that Dwight is helping Rick and the Militia. Just then, gunshots ring out, signaling the start of Rick's attack, the events of "Mercy" then take place.
Back in the meeting room, the Savior lieutenants discuss their course of action. Eugene calls Regina's plans inadequate and would cost workers their lives. Regina wants to sacrifice them as a distraction but Eugene insists they are valuable. Dwight takes Eugene's side. Gavin turns his attention to who the Savior mole has to be. Dwight turns the conversation to everyone needing to get out. Simon has a angry grin on his face and complaints Dwight about his idea he explains how when the find the guy they will kill the guy slowly in front of everyone.
Eugene enters Dwight's room with his jar of cucumbers. He expresses thanks for Dwight's support in the meeting. He tells Dwight they will get out of this "pickle" together. Eugene sits at a chess set and touches a piece but Dwight tells him to be careful and wait because they're still wet, he made them himself. Eugene leaves, thanking Dwight once gain.
Dwight and the lieutenants are in another meeting, Suddenly, Laura enters to notify them that the workers are coming up the stairs. They all exit into the corridor and find it full of workers making demands. Someone asks where Negan is; when another worker draws a gun, Regina shoots him and says she is Negan. The workers and lieutenants alike kneel when they hear whistling down the hall, as they recognize the sound as Negan.
The high-ranking Saviors reassemble again later, and Gary, Laura, and Arat inform the group that someone had taken guns from the armory to give to the workers. Eugene sees the paint from Dwight's chess pieces on the board and is getting nervous with the conversation and looks to Dwight, figuring out that Dwight is the one who gave the worker the guns. Dwight remains silent towards him.
Dwight is confronted by Eugene in his room and makes it known that he is aware of his involvement in Rick's plan. He attempts to talk Dwight down from any further opposition in exchange for keeping his involvement a secret, but Dwight insists that, with all that is occurring, the Saviors are sure to face defeat. Eugene refuses to defy Negan and walks out, warning Dwight not to try anything else that would result in any harm to the Sanctuary's inhabitants.
Dwight later holds Eugene at gunpoint before he sends the iPod on a remote control glider. He orders Eugene to step away from the drone. Eugene relays his plan to Dwight, insisting that he'll be saving the lives of the Savior workers and soldiers, but Dwight argues that his actions will also lead to the deaths of Rick and his friends, people who Eugene now considers former travelling companions. He informs him that the plan will save the lives of both the Saviors and the Militia, and that taking out Negan is the number one priority and goal. Eugene remains firm that Negan will prevail, causing Dwight to threaten him further. Despite the gun to his head, Eugene proceeds to activate the drone and pilot it over the herd.
As Eugene flies the drone, Dwight turns his gun's aim towards it and fires several times, destroying it. He flees afterwords. Eugene looks down and sees Daryl's truck crashes the truck into the Sanctuary, breaching the walls and allowing the herd to pour in and the walkers begin making their way inside. Workers and soldiers are eaten by walkers as gunfire and chaos ensue. Eugene watches it unfold and sees Dwight doing little to stop it. Regina guns walkers down and they pile up at the steps.
Dwight and the other lieutenants report to Negan about the situation with the herd. Negan has high hopes that Eugene's plan will give them the upper hand. Eugene stares intently at Dwight, then informs Negan that he intends to repair the intercom system, covering for Dwight about being the traitor.
During the siege of Alexandria, Dwight leads the Saviors blocking the rear fence of Alexandria alongside Laura. In order to help the residents escape, Dwight purposefully uses cars instead of trucks to block the fence, claiming that it will be enough. As a result, the residents of Alexandria are able to flee in garbage trucks, smashing straight through the Savior blockade. Later, leading a Savior convoy, Dwight and Laura spot smoke grenades in the road. Recognizing the trap for what it is, Dwight deliberately leads the Savior convoy into it despite Laura's protestations. The Saviors come under attack by Alexandria residents including Daryl, Rosita and Tara. As the gunfight rages, Dwight opens fire on several of his fellow Saviors, killing them, before he runs out of ammunition. Realizing Dwight's betrayal, Laura shoots him in the arm and demands that Dwight call off the Alexandrians, but he refuses. After realizing she is outnumbered, Laura runs off. Dwight briefly grabs an assault rifle, but is unable to hold it with his injured arm.
Finally, all the Saviors are killed and Dwight calls out to the Alexandrians that its over. Dwight is confronted by Daryl, Rosita and Tara who appear poised to kill him. Dwight tells the group how he helped them escape Alexandria and led the Saviors into their trap. As a result of Laura escaping, the Saviors will now know what he did and he can't go back. Daryl lowers his crossbow and asks if it was his actions that allowed the Saviors to get out, but Dwight tells him that it was Eugene. Dwight insists that he can still help as he knows how the Saviors work and how Negan thinks. "I want you to win, I want Negan to die. We can settle up after," Dwight insists. Daryl removes his old wingvest from Dwight, and Rosita aids him to his feet. Dwight joins the others in entering the sewers, but first watches as Alexandria is destroyed with Michonne, Tara and Rosita. Before entering the sewers, Dwight expresses his sincere regret to Michonne about the destruction of Alexandria.
After entering the sewers where the survivors of Alexandria are hiding, Rick finds Dwight amongst his people, resting against a wall. Though Rick appears surprised to see him, he continues on without a word.
As the Savior bombardment of Alexandria continues, a desperate Michonne demands that Dwight call the Saviors off, but he can't. As everyone argues about what to do, Dwight tells them to remain hidden in the sewers until the attack ends. Dwight explains that the Saviors lack the ammunition to fully destroy the town and will have to stop soon at which point they can head for the Hilltop. After the attack ends, Dwight departs for the Hilltop with the Alexandrians.
Now a reluctantly accepted member of the group, Dwight attempts to help the Alexandria survivors find a safe passage to the Hilltop. Based on his scouting for the Saviors, Dwight suggests pushing through a swamp that he knows the Saviors won't go near. Dwight's plan is accepted with reluctance. Dwight acknowledges that he knows the Militia will kill him after the war, he just wants to help them defeat Negan first and possibly find Sherry.
As a group clears the swamp of walkers, Tara, who has been pushing for Dwight to be killed in order to avenge Denise Cloyd, takes Dwight to clear the area of stray walkers. Though he knows that Tara is unlikely to ever forgive him, Dwight apologizes for killing Denise, leading to Tara attempting to murder Dwight. The standoff is diffused when the two spot a group of Saviors searching the area. With the Saviors getting too close to their hiding spot, Dwight emerges and lies about how he survived. To Dwight's surprise and relief, Laura hasn't been seen by the Saviors since the blockade ambush and its unknown if she's alive or dead. As such, the Saviors never learned that Dwight betrayed them. Dwight uses the opportunity to misdirect the Saviors away from the swamp and returns to the Sanctuary with them off-screen, enabling the Alexandria survivors to escape and apparently earning him the trust of Tara and Rosita who witnessed what he did, but Daryl remains distrustful against him.
Later, Dwight is amongst the Saviors at the Sanctuary listening to Negan's new plan. Dwight is visibly worried for the members of the Militia as he observes Negan's demonstration.
Dwight, alone in his room, pulls his wedding ring and a cigarette out of his pack before being visited by Negan. Dwight lies about how he survived, a story that Negan buys. Negan makes it clear to Dwight that he intends to count on him as one of his top guys which Dwight promises.
As the Saviors prepare to set out for the Hilltop, Dwight attempts to leave on his own on his motorcycle, presumably to warn the Militia that the Saviors are coming under the guise of scouting ahead. However, Simon stops Dwight and insists Dwight ride with him. As they drive to the Hilltop, Simon expresses discontent with Negan's leadership and asks for Dwight's opinion on the matter. Following Rick's attack on Negan, Dwight joins Simon in searching for Negan, finding only Negan's wrecked car. Simon suggests that they can abandon Negan in order to do things a better way with Simon's plan being to "move on" from the communities and go further out instead. In an act of agreement, Dwight sets Negan's car on fire.
Upon rejoining the other Saviors, Dwight backs Simon's lie about Negan's fate. However, Dwight is visibly horrified to learn that Simon intends to "move on" by wiping out the Hilltop rather than just leaving them alone as Dwight thought.
Dwight is seen when Simon mobilizes the Saviors for battle. Dwight warns that Negan might still be alive and will punish Simon if he kills everyone at Hilltop. Simon tells him it's not his problem, and he doesn't need his permission. Daryl rides up on his motorcycle and opens fire with his machine gun. Simon's convoy follows Daryl through the gate. Hilltoppers block the convoy with a bus and fire at the Saviors. The battle begins in earnest.
Simon spots Tara and orders Dwight to hunt her down. Simon and Dwight sneak up on and as Simon is about to kill her, Dwight suddenly shoots Tara in the arm with an arrow. Daryl witnesses this and thinks Dwight betrayed them again.
Hilltop goes silent and dark. Dwight, Simon and the Saviors prepare to enter the Barrington House. As they ready their attack, a row of headlights turn on and blind the Saviors as the house's windows light up with gunfire directed at the Saviors. Meanwhile, Rick's group charges in from the outside. Realizing they are outnumbered, Dwight, Simon and the Saviors all retreat to their vehicles and make their escape.
Dwight first appears smoking. He hears whistling and is shocked to see Negan. Negan asks Dwight to help move a dumpster away and has a pep talk of what went down at the Hilltop battle and then he asks Dwight about his loyalty to which he says he's on Negan's side.
He is present at the meeting with Negan, making plans to take over Hilltop and witness Negan embarrass Simon. Later, he is seen at the courtyard with Simon and other traitorous Saviors who plan to kill Negan so Simon can take over leadership. But is revealed he told Negan about Simon's plan off-screen causing the execution of all the traitorous Saviors and Simon's fight and eventual death to Negan, moment which Dwight takes advance of by sending Gregory to Hilltop with Negan's attack plans.
Then, he is seen talking with Negan about his promotion to be his right-hand man as they enter his room, just before Dwight enters, Negan tells Dwight he "already" helped in his fight against Rick. This briefly flustered Dwight, and to his shock and horror, he sees Laura sitting on his chair, and it is revealed Dwight's cover is now blown, Arat and other Saviors come out of hiding and corner him. Negan tells Dwight that the plans were fake and was counting on him delivering them to the Militia so he ambush them in a trap. He then says that he won't kill him as he has other plans for him.
Dwight, now a prisoner, is present at the planned ambush led by Negan. At the ambush sight, Negan boasts to Rick and the Militia that Dwight will have to live with the fact of seeing Rick being slaughtered. However, thanks to Eugene making faulty bullets for the Saviors, all their guns explode. Dwight, despite being tied up, attacks Negan, before Negan runs away.
After the war, Daryl drives Dwight into the woods. Believing Daryl is about to kill him, he cries and apologizes for Denise's murder as well as everything he's done to Daryl but is happy he got to see Negan taken down first. Daryl instead exiles Dwight and gives him the keys to the vehicle to find Sherry but threatens to kill him if he ever comes back.
Arriving back at their meeting spot, Dwight finds a note from Sherry, making him smile with newfound hope.
Main Article: Dwight (Fear)
This list shows the victims Dwight has killed:
- Carla (Caused, Alive, Accidental)
- Delly (Caused, Alive, Accidental)
- Tina (Before Reanimation, alongside Daryl and Sherry)
- Denise Cloyd (Accidental)
- Gordon (Alive)
- Emmett Carson (Caused)
- Gary (Caused)
- Simon (Caused)
- At least 37 unnamed Saviors (5 Direct, 10 Caused, 22 Indirectly Caused)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- The casting call for this character used the name "Kirk".
- Dwight is credited as D in "Always Accountable".
- This was most likely done to not spoil his identity to Comic readers.
- Dwight is left-handed. However, he has also been seen shooting with his right hand, possibly meaning he is ambidextrous.
- Dwight has proven to be a talented woodcarver, as benefiting from being taught his late grandfather, as demonstrated by his ability to craft and sculpt a wooden soldier, additionally, he owns a personal collection of hand-crafted wooden figurines located within his personal room within the Sanctuary.
- Dwight bears several tattoos including a snake located on his right arm as well as a pair of shoes and a cactus visible on his left.
- For the entirety of Season 7 and the first half of Season 8, Dwight has been in possession of Daryl's wingvest until Daryl finally took it back.
- Dwight is the first known victim of the 'iron punishment' by Negan, with the second victim being Mark.
- Dwight appears to be a vegetarian.
- According to Sherry, Dwight appears to suffer from short-term memory loss.
- Dwight is one of only 3 characters to change sides, the others being Merle Dixon who switched sides from the Governor to Rick's group and the second being Eugene, who defected from Rick's group to the Saviors (and back to Rick's group in Wrath).
- Dwight has killed the eighth largest with at least 42, Morgan has the seventh largest with at least 45, The Governor has the sixth largest with at least 62, Rick has the fifth largest with at least 68, Daryl has the fourth largest with at least 78, Carol has the third largest with at least 110, Simon has the second largest with a total of at least 172, Negan has the largest with a total of at least 225.
- American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry auditioned for the role of Dwight. However, the role was handed to Austin Amelio eventually.
- He is one of five characters to appear in both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead following Morgan Jones, Rick Grimes, Carol Peletier, and Paul Rovia.