It's funny. I'm watching TWD, thinking "How do they live like this?" but so many people in the real world have to live like that. So many countries, like Russia, where people just do what they want and the "little people" just have to smile and accept it.
One thing that shows me that the show has been brilliant is how much I have answered from above. Before, I thought of the concept of Negan controlling the area for manufacturing. Using Alexandria for housing and general production and Hill Top for food. I thought that it made more sense for them to focus on that side of things. But since then, TWD has answered why this isn't the case. Negan isn't looking for a stable community and world. He wants it to be decay. He likes a dictatorship. He encourages people to abuse others. He's a psychopath who gets a hard on for making people suffer.
All through the episode, I wanted Rick to try and approach it like business. I've always thought that in these situations, it would be good to make your "captor" believe you are assisting them. Talk to Negan about plans for better growth, ask for advice or help in doing something, make some form of suggestion about something. Just get it rolling. But I keep forgetting that this isn't what Negan wants. He doesn't want a business partner. He doesn't care about you providing for him. He just wants to see that look of hatred in your eyes, followed by the look of helplessness when he snaps it out of you. Trying to act like you're happy with the arrangement would only make him feel that you're not quite unhappy enough, so he has to do something much worse to get that reaction from you.
I like the dynamic of the "rebellious few". These people have no connections. Rosita has nothing without Abraham, Spencer has nothing without his parents and mate. These people won't lose sleep over the mutilation of Carl. They're not up at night thinking about Glenn's death. They make these decisions because they have no consequences to fear, that's a cool dynamic.
I wish The King was a stronger character. He seemed like a joke, and he even admitted to just being into theatre in the episode. He feels like Iron Man's Mandarin. If there was actually some big badass black dude with a tiger, it'd be interesting to watch him clash with Negan.
They are gonna head down an interesting road too. Currently, the only ones people are pulling for are Rick and Daryl. Rick sees the situation and we all want what he says to be followed to avoid cnts dying (I mean from an engrossed point of view, not from an entertainment point of view) and Daryl is still being a badass prisoner. But Rick's treatment of Spencer was to mimmick how Negan's treating Rick. It's going to be like how the school bully always had an abusive father. Negan punishes Rick, Rick punishes Spencer. Negan makes Rick feel weak, Rick makes Spencer feel weak. So we're gonna get Rick, the only current "good guy", doing some bad shit. Daryl will likely "turn to the dark side" for a while, a little bit like he almost did with that group last season, and he's start doing some bad shit for Saviours. So our good guys are turning into bad guys, which will be cool.