Virginia’s plan for Morgan’s group in Fear the Walking Dead season 6 is a lot like Negan’s, but it’s being executed in a much better way.
In Fear the Walking Dead season 6, Virginia is implementing Negan’s plan better than he did. In The Walking Dead season 7, the people of Alexandria, the Kingdom, and the Hilltop were all living under the thumb of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan and the Saviors, who killed many of their members and forced them to live in servitude.
Morgan’s group is up against a similar threat in Fear the Walking Dead season 6. At the end of season 5, Colbie Minifie’s Virginia and the Pioneers captured the main characters and assimilated them into their ranks. Morgan (Lennie James) was left for dead, while everyone else was split up by the Pioneers, with many being sent to different settlements to do whatever work is assigned to them. More than a handful were relocated to Lawton, Virginia’s headquarters and the Pioneers’ main encampment. Currently, Morgan is working on reuniting his people and defeating Virginia for good. Meanwhile, characters like Althea (Maggie Grace), Dwight (Austin Amelio), and more are busy doing the dirty work of their new masters.
What Virginia wants isn’t that different from what Negan’s goal was in The Walking Dead. His intention was to control Rick’s group and make them do his bidding. The problem though, is that the execution of his plan was flawed to say the least. Negan tried to ensure that they feared him by killing Glenn (Steven Yuen) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). Negan also humiliated and publicly taunted Rick, and other Saviors like Simon (Steven Ogg) and Jared (Joshua Mikel) made working for them incredibly difficult. This made the Saviors excellent villains, but there were always issues with their strategy.
The Saviors used force and intimidation to keep the communities under their control, but they went too far. They made the lives of the main characters so unbearable that a rebellion was inevitable (whether it was successful or not). Based on how Virginia is treating Morgan’s group, it seems that she understands something that Negan never did. She can’t keep them around unless she behaves reasonably, and she’s making an effort to please them to a point.
One example of this is what she’s doing with John (Garret Dillahunt). At the end of the latest episode, she has June (Jenna Elfman) transferred to Lawton as a reward for John. She also didn’t stop his communications with June, even though it wasn’t allowed. She knows that instead of making them hate her even more than they already do, she should give them reasons to stay. That also appears to be what she was thinking when she put Strand (Colman Domingo) in charge of an army. It’s worth noting that Virginia additionally took some time to acquaint herself with each character and their talents so that they she could utilize them effectively and have some of them do jobs that suit them, like making Daniel (Ruben Blades) a barber and John a Ranger.
Unlike Negan, Virginia knows that she can get a lot more out of Morgan’s group by getting along with them, and sometimes giving in a bit in an effort to keep them happy. Virginia’s plan may still end up unraveling by the end of Fear the Walking Dead season 6, but it at least stands a better chance at succeeding than Negan’s.