Here we go! Nice lead up to the finale, with a few surprises and some decent plot acceleration to the finale. As before, every scene with Maggie in it was fantastic. I don't remember how/when she transitioned to being such a critical character for me, but I have to say the actress is really embracing what they give her and commanding the role effectively. This is the ultimate "reward" for Glenn dying (similar to the comics), now having Maggie really become this incredibly strong and independent character rivaling (or surpassing) Rick in terms of leadership. Not that they hadn't done a good job of using her in the past, but a lot of that now just feels like buildup for what we see now.
I still don't know why the producers are so enamored with Notcop but at least they finally resolved the stupid "secret" - it played out pretty much as I think most of us imagined it would, Rick and crew getting their guns for T'Pol. I thought at least a few of the ladies would join them, but whatever, they would just be fodder so they are probably better off. It was nice to see Carl again, but his two lines about killing people seemed like filler or like they were intended to have been fleshed out further. Ditto for the gay boyfriend guy (Eric?). I guess they wanted to give him a couple extra lines before he dies next week? I know it's not PC for me to say it but I am ready to dump that loser and let Aaron get his Jesus on.
Surprised me to see the focus on Sasha. After last week I thought she might be done, but it looks like they want to give her a bigger farewell next week? The scenes with Eugene were just OK for me, but I liked her scene with Negan a lot. But at this point she should just take the pill and teleport out. I'm also curious who the "little birdie" is that Negan refers to - it would be interesting to see if it was Carl's girlfriend (forgot her name), as some had guessed a long while back. I don't know how that would make sense, but it would be a good twist.
I had also completely forgot about Rosita and Dwight from last week, but that was a fun little episode ender. As a fan of the comic I guess I should have seen it coming but they did a nice job of keeping me distracted.