I just ... where do I start?
After my spirits were raised by the best episode (IMHO) since the premiere of Season 7, my hopes are receding again after viewing the two episodes that followed it.
I actually had to turn this off when Rick goes to talk to the Garbage Pail Kids again. I mean, for the love of get to fuck. Everything about his dealings with them have just been terrible, terrible writing, and this was no exception. Plus, it makes Rick look like a complete idiot. They're wrecking his character this season, with his stupid face-off with the saviors in Episode 1 (in which 50 people with rifles can't kill five or six people standing 20-30 yards away, and inexplicably choose not to kill Negan the second he steps outside). When someone betrays you like the Garbage Pail Kids did, you don't go back to them, alone, basically unarmed, and try to give them a second chance. You put them down on your "List o' Enemies" and that's where they stay, forever. It was such stupid writing I couldn't believe it. Ended up watching the rest of the episode later while I surfed the web.
From the last few episodes of Season 2 to the premiere of Season 7, I loved this show, warts and all. I really don't understand what is going on the writing room of what is arguably the most popular drama on television over the past decade.
**Also, Lauren "hotness" Cohan's speech to Gregory, that I assume was supposed to sound ominously tough-guy-ish, also was preposterously dumb. What possible event or sequence dialogue in the history of this show could ever lead anyone to believe that the Saviors would participate in a good-faith prisoner swap?