Season 8- Episode 10- "The Lost and the Plunderers"
For no reason whatsoever, the directors tried to be all ARTSY, mix up the linear narrative, and label each segment with a character's name. At first, you thought the names would be tied to the letters Carl wrote... but that wasn't the case. So just an annoying ARTSY effect.
But aside from that, this episode delivered. It did the impossible by making the trash people interesting. Jadis dropped her weird minimalist act and snapped on Simon the Douche. After all her peeps were gunned down by Simon's crew, she had no choice but to lead them to a compactor and grind them all into Walker Bolognese. Mmm....bolognese....
I finally "get" Jadis, I think. She was a hippy/trippy Art Chick who used "found objects" at the dump. Probably thinks she's a "minimalist", so that'd explain her "art" and her weird demeanor. Even the fact that she's at a dump. She's a little like King Ezekiel in that sense. Once society collapsed, she decided to jump in, head-first, on how she'd like to create society (or, more likely, act out against it). Think of her DumpVille Commune as a big middle finger to what came before in society. I get the Art Chick vibe, but others might not... so you can say she's like your pretentious hipsters who sip weird drinks at the bar and brag about being gluten-free.
Then Simon dropped the bombshell that the garbage folk have a helipad AND solar panels. The latter sounds like a catch-all plot device for future episodes, but both explain a lot. When Rick was on top of the heap, last season (the famous "UFO scene"), he just MAY have seen those things...which would absolutely explain why he's been so hard-up to get the garbage folk on his side. Of course, a future episode may ignore that, as Rick may be surprised to find these things... but it's a good explanation, for now.
I also softened a little bit on Negan, this episode. Amazing, considering my well-documented hate for the character. His conversation with Rick wasn't him just being his usual galavanting asshole self. He spoke some hard truths and it seemed justified, for once. He also offered some explanation for how he's trying to "save" people... but I call bullshit on that, as he's still a shallow bully and that ignores a LOT of past transgressions. Like, killing all the men and boys at Oceanside (if it comes out that THAT was an exaggeration, then it's further proof of shitty writing that caters to Negan fanboys).
It also looks like they're trying to put all the crappy tactics on Negan's lieutenants (Simon, especially). Probably the writers falling in love with the Negan character and trying to spin things so he sticks around.
Think this show's rebounded and looks to be headed in a good direction for the rest of this season.