It's been two years. Time to kick this thread and see if it's still alive. Same could be applied to this series, as a whole.
I stopped watching this after the Eugene Face-Punch, but have caught up over the past few months. I'm up to Season 7, episode 3. "The one where Daryl is locked in a cell, hears bad music and gets the crapped kick out of him".
So, a buncha' stuff has happened since I last watched this show. Talk about whatever you like, but my thoughts over the past 1.5 seasons:
-Loved the Morgan flashback episode. Where he meets "Eastman" and learns akido. The goat struck a chord with me. Probably my favorite episode of the entire series. Eastman and martial arts? Probably a cutesy shout-out to Ninja Turtles fandom.
-Also love King Ezekiel. Liked that they rounded out his character and he came clean on his bullshit (twice) in his first episode. Probably the first Group Leader who isn't a total asshole.
-Hate Negan. Not in the "I hate this despicable villain and can't wait to see him get what's due" way. That'd be a good villain. He's a jerk with a knack for cliches and really isn't all that interesting. Negan, to me, is more of a fanboy caricature than Eugene. He's basically what horror and comic book fans like (or think they like) in a "villain". Talks tough, has over-the-top dialogue that they think is "funny" and is presented as super-dramatic and all-powerful. With a signature weapon, of course. He's like the Joker, only on steroids. The Joker Syndrome has been played-out with the "cool villain" role since 1989 (at least) and it's getting tiresome.
-I'm dreading having to sit through another season or two with Negan as the main villain. I'm not seeing his motivation, other than being an asshole unleashed. I felt like, with the Governor, he was evil, but his motivations made sense in a way. Maybe they'll flesh out Negan a little more in the future, but for now I think he's kind of a waste and over-hyped. His cult is a buncha' idiots who seem to be good at following orders and enjoy punching people. True, there are a LOT of idiots in the world, so that part makes some sense.
-Hate to dig up the Governor comparison again, but when he killed Hershel, I was pissed and shouted at the TV: "you asshole!!! Git 'im, Rick!!". When Negan killed Abraham and Glenn, I was waiting for the episode to end. I thought Glenn had died when he fell off the dumpster in Season 6, so I guess I was already checked out on him (yet, 10 minutes after I saw the "Glenn Dumpster" episode, I thought about him being under Nicholas' gutted body and saw the back-door plot escape cause).
-I feel like things are predictable, now. Sometime, next season, Rick will reluctantly rally the Alexandria, Kingdom and Hilltop troops, maybe find some sympathizers in the Saviors, then have a Big Battle with Negan. Someone will probably die in a "season finale". Walkers will move in and thin out the cast, as they seem to do every 1/2 season. I suppose Sasha is next up in the dead-pool.
-Realized a long time ago that nobody but Rick and Carl are exempt from the dead-pool. Maybe Michone...but beyond that, everybody's fair game. Even Daryl. I'm thinking the actor would eventually want to branch out and leave the show.
-Am I a sick bastard for enjoying Sam's death?
-Think I'll miss Abraham more than Glenn. "When you were pouring the Bisquick... were you tryin' to make pancakes"? Glenn has come a long way since the series began. Makes Maggie's character a little more interesting, I guess.
-"Jesus" seems like a good addition, long term. Wouldn't mind seeing him stick around. His negotiator schtick of "let me talk to them" was worn out in two episodes, though.
-Second-favorite line of the series: "this'll change our food situation from scary to hunky-dunky".