Season 8- Episode 14- "Still Gotta' Mean Something"
Negan escapes yet another near-death experience. He was left to die in a dark building, filled with walkers... only to get captured, somehow, by Jadis and taken to the garbage dump. We see him strapped to a low-rolling gurney and he looks to be in some deep shit. Then, in a fairly sloppy storytelling move, he suddenly has his arms free, has a gun, a flare and some of Jadis' personal photos. He also has Lucille back...despite the fact that it was lost in the same building and had been SET ON FIRE... but it's back, none the worse for wear. To quote Negan's catchphrase from this episode: "what the shit?"
A helicopter shows up, probably attracted by the flare, which of course goes out at the exact moment. Jadis had apparently been trying to signal them for awhile. The helicopter pilot; who doesn't bother to use his/her EYES; flies off and fans are left to speculate on the whole thing. We also saw Jadis' minimalist Ikea-ish little boxed bungalow; which again makes perfect sense for her character.
Meanwhile, Rick and Morgan are merciless as they screw over and kill some Saviors who had just helped them. The asshole Savior who killed Henry's brother is FINALLY killed off in a well-deserved gruesome scene, though.
But the bigger thing is how Rick killed the Saviors. The writers seem to be pushing Rick as a psycho and NEGAN as the nice one. Wait... Negan, the guy who showed up at Alexandria, two times, trying to kill EVERYBODY (fire-bombing it the second time), killed somebody in cold blood by slicing open his guts, got off on trying to slice Carl's arm off, killed all the males (boys included) at Oceanside, jizzed his pants while killing Glenn and Abraham...is supposed to be walking a morally straight line all of a sudden?!
Oh, and come back next week for yet another Savior attack. Don't forget about DWIGHT, who smokes cigarettes and says he's sorry! Negan also picked up a MYSTERY PASSENGER (my guess is that it'll be Gregory. Oh boy).
They have a few episodes (2?) to wipe out this terrible Negan/Savior stuff, but it won't happen. This show changes, week-to-week, in acting, direction, tone and basically EVERYTHING. So you never know which version will show up on a weekly basis. You could drop a truck full of nails on Negan and he'd show up in the next episode, whistling and smiling in his leather jacket, because the show thinks he's COOL. The stuff beyond Negan/Saviors could be interesting (the helicopter, Georgie and even Jadis, believe it or not), but at this point ANY type of new conflict would be an improvement. Like, an ongoing arc about everybody contracting dysentery.
I'm about ready to say "f*ck this show". I know, I know, nerds always say "I'll give it X amount of episodes/issues, then I'll drop it"...yet it rarely happens. But the amount of enjoyment I get from this show has been lowered and lowered and the inconsistencies drive me crazy. Better stuff to do with my time.