I was disappointed with this season premiere. It took way too long to get to the big reveal for one thing, with the whole extended Neegan and Rick's RV Adventure sequence just being a lame excuse to drag out the suspense while playing some sad music and doing the Rick remembers montage. Ugh.
But more than that, it feels like once again The Walking Dead has wasted an opportunity to transcend the simplicity of it's comic roots and bring real depth into it's storytelling. Neegan and his people come off as the ultimate apocalyptic evil bad guys, performing horrific and unspeakable acts of violence against our gang in their effort to break them. And yet, wasn't it Rick and Company that just last season broke into one of Neegan's outposts, killed half the people their by driving knives into their skulls while they slept, and killed the rest in a shootout? Wasn't it Carol who killed her and Maggie's captors, then lured another group in and burned them alive? Neegan briefly refers to these events in his moustache-twirling monologue, but TWD completely missed the opportunity to drive home the point that the actions of Rick's group could be considered far more evil and provocative and that Neegan is simply reacting to that, protecting his group the only way he knows how. But nope, instead we get very simplistic "Good" vs. "Evil" and the rest of the season will be a setup for revenge porn. Nevermind the fact that, as Rick should now understand all too well, the vast majority of the people in Neegan's group are only in Neegan's group because they have little choice in the matter.
I'm already bored of the Neegan storyline. I am hoping the Carol/Morgan story is far more interesting. Unfortunately, I suspect that the two storylines will converge mid-season when the new group Morgan has discovered comes on board to help Alexandria and Hilltop destroy the Neeganites.