I actually really liked this episode, in part because I know what’s coming, but mainly because of the character moments between Maggie/Darryl discussing Glenn and Darryl’s role in his death, as well as learning more about Rosita, and Eugene’s decision.
Plus I just love Steven Ogg - he is actually playing a character who is much closer to Negan in the comics. Someone who is clearly threatening, but also somewhat funny, and someone you might think that you could actually (under distress) negotiate and accept a deal with. The way Negan has been portrayed in the show, he just seems like a smiling great white shark that nobody would ever want to be around. Ogg’s scenes with Gregory at the Hilltop were perfect depictions of who Negan is in the comic.
Man, Rosita is such a terrible, terrible actress, and Sasha is one of the better actresses on the show – it was just stunning what a stark contrast in acting ability they showed in their scenes. Even subtle things, like the way Sasha reacted to what Rosita was saying – while, on the other hand, the actress playing Rosita just seemed to be anxiously waiting for her line cue while Sasha was talking.
The next 2 episodes should be good ones, although clearly the season is going to end right at the beginning of a major plot development, despite the express statements from Gimble that the show would not do a similar"cliffhanger" ending this season. There won’t be any closure on this storyline, so I’m not sure that’s not a meaningful difference, even if they don’t end in the middle of a murder.