This theory/observation has been bouncing around quite a number of circles. The basic gist is that the main Saviors we've met are all -- in some way -- dark versions or mirrors of our main characters. Chelle = Maggie Paula = Carol Dwight = Daryl Negan = Rick Chelle Chelle sports an appearance that is even downright similar to Maggie's. They're around the same age. What's interesting is that Chelle lost her father (Frank) and was planning on naming her child after her dead father -- but tragically she lost the child. In the comic, Maggie names her child after Hershel (her own dead father). Disconcertingly, Chelle tells Maggie about her dead boyfriend -- who was blown up when Daryl launched the rocket launcher. Spoiler If spoilers hold true, Maggie will lose her husband -- also, in a way, because of Daryl. Paula Paula's casting call read, "40s-50s, Cool, controlled, formidable. She’s faced tragedy and trauma and come out the other side stronger and harder. But she’s also become colder and less outwardly emotional — she avoids attachments and maintains a toughly pragmatic, nihilistic worldview…", which, in a way, mirrors Carol's emotional state at various points in the series (although this appears to be a smokescreen to veil a deep-seated hurt). Paula also lost a husband and four daughters. Similarly, Carol has lost her husband (Ed) and a daughter (Sophia) plus three surrogate child figures (Mika, Lizzie, and Sam [or perhaps Beth can be seen as approximation to this]). Dwight Daryl and Dwight's story seem bound to be together. It's no surprise -- comic Dwight was created to be sort of an approximate to TV Daryl. Dwight ends up taking Daryl's crossbow and using it to kill Denise, which sends Daryl hunting for Dwight -- but this ends up backfiring, as Daryl became the hunted. Spoiler In season 7, it looks like Dwight is sporting Daryl's vest -- which further illustrates the similarities between these two. Negan While Rick and Negan don't share similar personalities, they're both leaders of strong communities -- both who will resort to downright cruelty to ensure the safety of their respective communities (although their motives are very different). Kirkman went down as saying Rick and Negan are two heads to the same coin. "When it comes to the Saviors, and Negan in particular, the way I’ve always thought about this in the comics is this is a group that’s led by a guy who’s had his morality dial a few clicks away from Rick toward the darker aspects of his personality, but is still an intellectual and capable leader who’s kept his group alive against all odds just as long as Rick has. It’s really the best encountering the best. When these two forces come head to head, things are gonna get interesting. This is a much different group than they’ve ever encountered. The Saviors are a group they’re not really prepared for.” So, in that respect, Negan is like the antithesis of Rick. His dark foil. All that said, it makes me wonder: to what purpose was this done? Why have some of the Saviors so closely mirror Rick's group? Just to show that our characters could've wound up like them if fate had gone a different way? Perhaps a method of humanizing them? Or is it for foreshadowing? This also makes me wonder -- are other Savior characters parallels for people in Rick's group? In which case, I wonder who Molly was supposed to be. She had a very specific casting call. "50s-60s Like someone’s black sheep biker great aunt. An extrovert with badass Texan charm and a darkly humorous take on life. She knows she’s not long for this world, but doesn’t let that get her down. In spite of Mary’s age and general demeanor, she is not someone you want to mess with…" Does this mean Simon is a dark foil to someone? In which case, who?