The first four episodes of The Walking Dead have been crackers. The last four slightly less so, and I think the problem the show right now is that there is at least 30 characters to deal with, rather than the usual 15 or so.
Subsequently the show suffers from judicial editing ( to reduce the storyline to the manageable 50 minutes ) and the absence of liked characters for long stretches of time.
Out of the new characters , I kinda like the scared little boy Sam ,the boy that spends his life hidden away with his toys in fear of monsters, the best .With his bad hair and bad complexion he is a baby Eugene in the making and his relationship with the scarred Carol Could be a wonderful storyline if the scriptwriters had enough time to explore it.
Sam loves Tiny Tim " tiptoe through the tulips"
I doubt they will, as the last time we see the little tyke is him mouthing " mom" after a small group of Alexandrians are surrounded by walkers in the last seconds of the show.
So Sam is a gonner , and hopefully so are a score of the more boring characters ( Eric, Olivia, Jessie, Ron, Enid , Father " Yawn" Gabriel and Morgan ) natural selection within the cast.........a necessary evil in order to let the others shine a little more .
And so as we head towards the second part of the season in February ( February!!!!!!!) lets have less characters and more drama...the remaining actors we have are quality material.
Is this the new Negan?
He's rather attractive !