I'll be the odd man out here... I thought this premiere was pretty shitty. I feel like this show has finally begun to lose me.
1) The deaths were spoiled months ago, and have been a million times since. They came as no surprise. And in true AMC fashion, they continued to milk the fucking thing for an additional two commercial breaks. Abraham's peace sign to say goodbye to Sasha was a nice touch, as was the guy in the background taking a polaroid of what was left of Glenn.
2) I'm tired of Rick. First off. He and his people are on their knees in the middle of the woods, surrounded by 30+ dudes with semi automatic and fully automatic weapons, with Abraham's smashed in skull four feet away, and he looks Negan in the eye and says multiple times "I'm going to kill you"? C'mon. I get he's supposed to be badass and whatnot, but that kind of dialogue just seems silly and unbelievable. I understand that they needed to transfer power from Rick to Negan, and that was the point of that whole RV joy ride, but even that felt like a chore and forced.
3) Carl on the ground with his arm about to be chopped... Did anyone honestly think that was going to play out? I know Rick lost his hand in the comic at all, but they just took Carl's eye, no way they'd take one of his arms. That felt like a good waste of four minutes or so. Also, cut your hair, Carl. You look stupid.
4) Daryl. What the actual fuck? I get that he's Mr. Rebel and the guy who goes against the grain, but would anyone have really tried to pull what he just did? Abraham just had his head smashed in by a guy with a smile on his face and a barbed wire wrapped bat, while you're all surrounded by guys with guns, and not only do you move out of line, but you sucker punch the guy holding the bat? Come the fuck on. That kind of stuff drives me up the all. It doesn't feel real. It didn't feel emotional. It just felt like a bullshit move on the writers end'.
I feel like this show has lost all believability.