While there is a legitimate difference of opinion about whether Negan is good or bad for The Walking Dead, I think we can all agree that Spencer is the worst. He may not be as bad as the worst character in The Walking Dead universe — Chris from Fear the Walking Dead — but he joins a long list of obnoxious Alexandrians on the show, a list that includes Pete, Ron and Sam Anderson; Nicholas; Carter; and Spencer’s brother, Alden.
On this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Spencer talked so much trash about Rick Grimes that, during a supply run, Father Gabriel called him out for it. “What you’re saying doesn’t make you a sinner. But it does make you a tremendous sh*t.” Amen to that.
Spencer continued on his scavenge without Father Gabriel and came upon a zombie hanging from a tree. Spencer cut him down, took his loot, and found a piece of paper in his pocket that led Spencer to a number of other treasures, all of which Spencer seemed to be happy about handing over to Negan and his men, as though kissing up to the teacher if the teacher were a gleefully deranged, homicidal maniac.
The thing about that piece of paper that led Spencer to all that loot, however, was that it was written in Latin.
Fortunately, Spencer just so happens to know Latin, because his mother taught him. It’s his one positive quality. “It was a pain in the ass class,” Spencer said, “but my mom said that the pain would be useful someday.”
Believe it or not, that line was a callback to a sixth season episode, “Now.” In that episode, Deanna expressed determination to turn Alexandria into an even better home and community. During one scene in the episode, Deanna could be seen working on blueprints for some expansion ideas she has for the village. On those blueprints, she wrote an Ovid quote: “dolor hic tibi proderit olim.”