Did anyone else find this episode...hilarious?
(I am going to spoil the episode, for those playing at home.)
From his nursery rhyme one-liners to his drawn...out...intense...speeches, I wasn't only laughing, I was egging him on. Willing him to use Lucille to her full potential.
And all I got was a samurai sword to a zombie head. Wasn't it only yesterday I was pining for that shit? When did this show become nothing about the zombie apocalypse and everything about Negan? What we've lost in zombie beheadings, we've gained in fillers that follow only the story of one or two of our survivors at a time.
Oh wait - That's how it's been for while now.
In all seriousness, yes, this was another filler. Perhaps it was essential to the story that Negan came to town. That he 'almost' killed an extra/sometimes-thrown-a-line character. That he came to the little town of the Apocandrians and stirred the pot. At least it made this filler a little more exciting.
I was done with this episode after 60 minutes, and 60 minutes was more that enough to tell this five minute story. Perhaps the only valuable scene after the normal show run time had elapsed was Rick reminding Spencer that he was in charge, mirroring the personality of Negan for just a split second.
And besides, Spenser is a moron, so hats off to Rick for pulling him up on it.
After all, Negan believes Maggie is dead. Rick believes no one has a gun, including Rosita. Neither of these facts are true.
And brains are going to go flying when it all comes to a head. (Pun intended.)
What was with all of the tight shots? Why the suspense? I can't help but think after a stellar suspenseful series return, the writers are trying to keep the same sense of tension for the viewers, but it's just not the same as brains getting splattered across the ground, let's be honest.
Yet, as I watched Negan's crew take their half of Alexandria, I remembered that Negan has killed very few of our team in comparison to the mass murder we performed only a half season ago, so I can only hope that a good Lucille killing is in the near future.
And don't tell me it's because of the Shane-spawn.
Possibly the only act of leadership Rick tried in this episode was to get Daryl back, and that almost ended up with Daryl's limbs being removed. Lucky for Rick, that didn't happen.