Originally Posted by MesterF
I never hated Ben. He was a good, but stupid guy, who always tried to help, but in the wrong ways. That can't be said about all characters
I'm in management and I think some lessons I've learned from that apply here.
I've had employees that were fuck-ups before (like Ben), and employees that were malevolent (like Lily). I think anyone would agree that malevolent ones are a much bigger problem than mere fuck-ups.
And a situation like a ZA when you don't really have much choice in who's on your team is not that different from the business world. Firing and replacing people tends to be a laborious process that's almost always harder than simply finding the right niche/role for the troublesome worker.
The "senior management" at the Travellier Motel had no way of knowing that Ben was not qualified to stand watch. But after that Lee made a huge mistake in allowing him to come to Crawford. Ben contributed nothing of value to that mission and we all know what he did while there. IMO, he should have been left behind to "guard" Clem and Omid, or at least act as a warning system since he'd probably have run and hid at the first sign of trouble.
At any rate, Lee knew full well what Ben was incapable of back during episode 3, but we weren't given the option to act on that knowledge. That's not a knock on TTG, but it did seal his fate.