While a random thread, I'd like to ask people where they stand on the character of T-Dog? I saw a video of the walking dead cast asked the name of a character when shown a picture, and they all knew T-Dog within seconds of seeing the picture, when they forgot some others like Milton or Amy. It was funny to me, and with the cult appeal of the character, I wanted to disect.
Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas was a character designed to last three episodes, but survived for three seasons. He became a cult figure and a meme for his lack of development and screentime, but the feedback to the character pinacled when his character was a shock death (not to mnetion a double death episode) and a heroic sacrifice that became even more important when saving Carol meant the whole group survived in No Sanctuary. We learn little of T-Dog's past, but that's not to say we don't know who he is. He's kind, stoic, strong, clumsy, religious, solitary, introverted. And while some laugh at his lack of development, I think it's what makes him as ironicly popular as he still is today.
I saw a quote that described T-Dog as 'wallpaper' and I think furniture is a better word to use. His character is rather static yes, but there's definately something endering about someone who's morals are sure and who's goal is simple. Not everyone has to have drama, and T-Dog's lack of conflict made him an easy character to understand because he was so simple.
It's also similar to the comic, in that not every character has to be super important. Sometimes someone is not relevant to the story for a while, and sometimes people are not always in the centre of attention. The comics had Morgan fall out of focus for a while, and had many 'furnature characters' like Otis, Patricia, Billy, etc. They're not redshirts, but they have a personaity so simple it's easy to have them help carry the plot because we know how they act and work. I think it's this role that T-Dog fills, and this is why a large community still miss the character and found him entertaining even when he was not doing much.
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What are your thoughts on the character, and why do so many people love a character who amounted to so little.
Also, I think it would have been really cool to see T-Dog get Dale/Bob's death. IronE played a great crazy person in SE1 and I think his optimism for life meant he could have replaced Bob pretty easily. He would have been an Atlanta original death inbetween Andrea and Glenn, filling that huge gap with someone we cared about more than Bob.
Plus, we never got to see him reunite with Merle, even though the death/ merle gets to the prison happens so close together. His one chance for development and he dies before it. Tragic.
Well I am certainly one person you can talk to about this. Massive T-Dog fan, he is my favorite character in the entire TV series!
Putting aside the Walking Dead universe a good answer is the actor who plays him: IronE Singleton.
He is an amazing person. Speaking from personal experiences I got to meet him at Walker Stalker Con in Chicago back in March. Never met a better guy, seriously. He litterally spent several minutes with each group of people meeting him, way more than any other cast, granted he wasn't the most popular so he had the luxory to spend more time with his fans. While most cast members shake hands with guests, he gives big hugs. He loves his fans. Talking to him he didn't just ask us about the show, he legitimently wanted to know what me and my friend that came with me were doing in our rel life. We talked about college, our future plans, other shows, movies, etc. He even gave me a key chain for answering a trivia question.
According to his imdb page he has barely done any acting since his involment with the show. He basically works on meeting his fan, for either TWD or Blinde Side. He attends nearly every Walker Stalker Con. If you check out his twitter or facebook, he just loves updating his fans on his life, letting them know where he's travel, where you can meet him, etc.
I got to wrap up this post, it's gotten a lot longer than I would have hoped for. But I'll end it here before even getting to his character. But I love T Dog for a big reason is because IronE Singleton is a great and nice person. If you are famous and a great person, you are going to draw more fans, passionate ones.
I'll add to his character more, but anyone else that's a fan of T-Dog that actually met IronE can back me up on this.
T-Dog. I may be a Glenn fan but I like Theodore Douglas a lot and for a long duration of time I couldn´t decide if I like Theodore or Glenn the most on the TV Series but I went for Glenn in the end. Still, Theodore was a enjoyable and a realistic character on The Walking Dead. He is one of the guys who do not speak a lot but instead he is doing a lot for his friends and people he cares for. And that is something I can really identify with my own personality. That makes T-Dog special for me as a character with a big heart (not to forget that the actor IronE Singleton has a big heart too).
He got character development since Season 1 until his death in Season 3, even it was hardly noticeable. He went from a person with a lot of guilt feelings to a right hand man to Rick Grimes and a brother figure to the other group members. Something that a lot of people do not recognize about his character. Starting with the fight against Merle Dixon, he showed us that he is willing to risk his own life for someone who was a racist to him and who beat him bloody. That gave Merle a chance to live and what Theodore did was really brave and something like this a lot of people wouldn´t do in real life in a situation like this if you know your own life is on the deadline. The feel of guilty followed Theodore a couple of episodes and after he went through madness like Merle did in Season 1, he started to move on and helped out with the problems on the farm (searching for Sophia, shooting the barn walkers, carrying the dead bodies, etc.) without doing more problems to the group. And in the end of Season 2 he saved Lori and Beth from the fallen Greene Farm and brought them back to the others where Rick and Carl could reunite with Lori and Hershel & Maggie with Beth. I think that was one of the reasons why Rick and Hershel started to bring Theodore in a major role in the decisions for the group (like he was in the first episodes of Season 3) because they trusted him a lot. Try to earn you a lot of respect from high-ranking people in your life (or people you see like this because you have a lot of respect of them, etc.) and that is something what is not easy to reach.
Then the "famous" bloody Season 3 came where T-Dog found his tragic end after he sacrificed himself for Carol after he got bitten. But before he tried to reason with Rick and the others about the only good prisoners, Oscar and Axel, and wanted them to stay because he knew they wasn´t bad people like Tomas or Andrew. Before they could settle their decision, the group got overrun and Theodore closed the gate for his family where he found his fast end. He was always brave until his death and it is really sad that he was one of the deaths in Season 3 and never was a part of Scott Gimples´ writings and ideas. I think if T-Dog had survived Season 3, Scott Gimple would have never bring Bob Stookey to life and would have put the story plot of Bob Stookey (of course in a more "T-Dog way") to T-Dog who would be known as Theodore Douglas since Season 4. Could have been a great character development for him too. From T-Dog to Theodore Douglas.
But in the end I really could take a lot from the character and I am happy that he had a chance to shine and even succeed with his big chance in Season 3.
I think a lot of T-Dog fans would agree with me if T-Dog survived "Killer Within" and would have got more used potential, like:
- reunite with Merle Dixon (there was a lot of story left to tell)
- form a special bond or even a romance relationship with someone (like Michonne or Sasha)
- backgroundstory reveal (how he met Glenn, how he saved him in the first days of the apocalypse and how they become good friends)
- religious lines (with Hershel or even Merle, etc.)
- how he would have handle the problems with The Governor and what his major role would have been in Too Far Gone
I could write more stuff about Theodore but I will end here and I hope my viewpoint of the character "T-Dog" was explained here.
P.S. A great post from Jaga 321 again. How is the progress with the writing?
In my opinion, T-Dog was never anything "special" to me. Now I'm not the type of guy who would comment the following, but to me it seems like he might've just been the token black guy of the show for the sake of "diversity". The actor was fine, and he wasn't a bad character per se, but he never really took part in something big, which makes me wonder why people love T-Dog so much. I'm not saying that T-Dog fans are idiots or wrong (but let's be honest I'd rather have the Dog fanboys than the Morales fanboys amirite?), but I don't understand all the positivity about him.