Spoiler warning for anybody who hasn’t but watched The Strolling Useless’s episode, “The King, the Widow and Rick.”
In Season 7, The Strolling Useless appeared decided to double its core solid by introducing as many new characters as potential in its rapidly expanding world. In distinction, most of the new faces we have seen in Season eight have already been killed off. Fortunately, we lastly acquired to reconnect with the mysterious character introduced in the premiere in Episode 6, and it was confirmed in-show that it is an iteration of the comedian e book protagonist Siddiq. Since that first quasi-meeting that Rick interrupted, Carl has been virtually fully trusting of the Quran-quoting survivor, however is he really man? Let’s look to the comics for some background information.
From the get-go, The Strolling Useless headed in a totally new route with the Avi Nash’s iteration of Siddiq. Within the first place, he confirmed up in Rick’s TV world far sooner than he did in Robert Kirkman’s supply materials, and in a a lot totally different context. Whereas TV viewers first acquired to fulfill a (seemingly) determined and hungry Siddiq within the early days of Rick and Negan’s All Out Battle, the comedian’s Siddiq did not really get a proper introduction.
He was already a longtime member of the Staff Household communities every time the story picked again up after the prolonged time leap that adopted the struggle’s loopy ending. He is a part of the development crew liable for bringing building-based normalcy again into society. Plus, he does not have any sort of particular relationship with Carl on the web page, offering extra contrasts between the 2 iterations. Past preserving the story contemporary, this might be a method for the present’s inventive crew to make a number of different modifications with him in future episodes.
Stay-action Siddiq hasn’t been absolutely developed but, clearly, however his very first dialog with Carl supplied a couple of particulars about issues he is gone by means of. For one, he admitted to killing one human, which apparently occurred after a walker did not kill that particular person. As nicely, he appears to know that he is killed precisely 237 walkers, “give or take a pair.” That is fairly particular, and hints at somebody who could be very aware of the acts he commits towards different beings, undead and in any other case. Personally, I might love for “237” to be a reference to The Shining, considerably subtly warning viewers that Siddiq is hiding issues that should not essentially be seen by others.
Some parts of Siddiq’s previous are extra fleshed out within the comics (and within the Telltale online game The Walking Dead: Michonne, although that is not precisely canon). Comedian Siddiq was a Miami resident when the world was taken over by walkers, and he traveled up the East Coast till reaching the fishing group referred to as Oceanside, and he solely ever made it to Alexandria after he was beforehand suggested to go there by Michonne, who’d additionally discovered Oceanside in the course of the comedian’s time leap. The TV present additionally made a drastic change when it launched its model of Oceanside, and I am fairly to see if showrunner Scott Gimple will maintain Siddiq and Oceanside tied collectively by some means, as unlikely as that could be.
In his preliminary monologue from the Season eight premiere, Siddiq appealed to Carl through the use of empathy-driven sayings that his mom used to cite from the Quran, which showcased each his Muslim religion and his doubtlessly kind-hearted nature. Coming from a man who had a microwave thrown at him, that is a reasonably good solution to dwell life. He is additionally fairly good at saving his personal ass, as is proven when he and Carl get briefly overtaken by walkers close to that half-eaten horse. As nicely, Siddiq didn’t maintain Carl to any obligations about serving to, and appeared as if he would immediately perceive if Carl selected to only depart him on the market alone.
Siddiq isn’t fairly so dire in The Strolling Useless‘s comics, a minimum of not at first. He is a reasonably genial and customarily upstanding particular person, and is thought for being hard-working. Siddiq additionally is not afraid to get his fingers soiled in a struggle, whether or not it is towards walkers or villains, so a minimum of the comedian and TV variations have that in widespread. That stated, it is greater than potential that he will likely be extra sympathetic to others, as Jesus is with the Hilltop’s Savior prisoners. (There’s trouble brewing there, so perhaps he ought to keep out of it.) Now, Comedian Siddiq does get right into a sexual relationship with one other character that sparks some thick rigidity, although his motives had been by no means precisely malicious.
We’re clearly nonetheless within the early days of Siddiq’s time on The Strolling Useless, contemplating he nonetheless hasn’t shared phrases with anybody however Carl but. And I am unable to think about that his first dialog with Rick goes to be very nice, since Carl went towards Rick’s needs by reestablishing communication with Siddiq and welcoming him to their communities. But when the comics are something to go by, that dialog will in all probability be one wherein Siddiq is humbled and desirous to do no matter it takes to show that he is price being accepted into Alexandria. (Or wherever.) And everyone knows that Rick is fond of people that maintain Carl from getting murdered.
Contemplating the comics have not been something to go by thus far, although, I am virtually on board with the present preserving the thriller alive regarding Siddiq and his motivations. Maybe he might be a former Savior who needs nothing else to do with that group, like Dwight was earlier than he acquired caught once more. Maybe he is really a scout for an additional unseen bunch of survivors that are not from the comedian books. Maybe Siddiq would be the nicest man on the planet till somebody says precisely the fallacious factor, revealing his maniacal aspect. Or perhaps he’ll simply be pleased to get meals every day. What do you guys assume?
With hopefully much more to return from Siddiq sooner or later, The Strolling Useless airs Sunday nights on AMC, with simply two episodes left within the first half of Season eight. Whereas ready for the subsequent episode, take a look at why Jadis’ “A” marking is familiarly important to The Strolling Useless, in addition to which character will likely be making the big crossover with Worry the Strolling Useless. And if you’re needing extra reveals to get obsessive about, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.