Or was a merely expecting the worst?
When Daryl found Dwight, Dwight's wife and her sister in the woods two season's ago, little did we know what they were going through at the time. On the run from Negan, they were desperate. Knowing now that Negan has been worked into the storyline from seasons past, makes his entrance into the series much more exciting, even if this episode was borderline filler.
So just how bad is Negan? There's something to be said when a character is so bad that bashing in a skull with a baseball bat just doesn't seem like the worst act they could commit, and that's exactly how Negan has been represented. There are things far worse than scattered brains, and Daryl is only just finding out.
But does Negan get there? Can he really be the bad guy we've all made him out to be?
Ah yes. Daryl. A heavy handed Daryl episode if ever there was one. But as Daryl escaped from his torture cell - and the torturous music - to run for his life, I thought just give in. And that's just how wonderful the first episode of season seven was. After willing the character of Daryl Dickson on, each and every time he has been a hero, now, I just don't think it's worth it. I really just want him to sit down and shut up.
Negan just won't stand for that kind of behaviour.
The point of this episode was to prove just that; to convince you that there are far worse things in this world other than zombies. What I found most exciting in this episode was the take on good vs evil, particularly Dwight. After learning the reasons why he has ended up alone and with Negan, and after seeing just how far he is willing to go, there was a particular moment of 'two face' mentality that was oh so glorious.
Dwight was not always bad - this we had already guessed. But now we see it first hand. We witness the mental mind games he has been fed and it all makes sense.
Although, if he doesn't take off Daryl's jacket and hand over the crossbow soon, things are going to get ugly.
Walkers are there - this we know. Negan's crew are the ones we want to know more about. Each crew member referring to themselves as Negan or an exchange of conversation between a man and his ex-wife over a cigerette regarding the choice they made being their best option, is nothing short of creepy. It's thrilling.
Yet as we all know with The Walking Dead, non-fillers are hard to come by, and now that the standard has been set, how many more 'good' episodes will we have before the mid-season finale? Or are we going to follow each storyline one by one - which does seem to be the series' trend of late.
I can't help but think after tonight's instalment, Will I ever be able to settle for another boring episode? After all, episode 3 - just like episode 1 - created a sense of suspense. Of the unknown. A sense of just-do-what-negan-says.
Episode 2 was a filler, there is no doubt it. However, aren't we past the days of episodes that drag out a two scene story line into a full length episode?
I can't help but think that a fully functioning 'safe haven' is just not what we need right now. Dreaming about the impossible (let's face it, how many safe havens have we come across that haven't been destroyed?) is just a fairytale now. It's time to move on from the daydream and into the future.