I had some thoughts after being disappointed with tonights episode, and was compelled to see where you all stand currently.
I personally have found the whole quest for guns and soldiers to be pretty boring and convenient in regards to stretching the season out.
It felt unnecessary (even if it was smart) for Negan to take away all of Rick and Companies guns and ammo, because in the end I think we all knew that the show wasn't going to turn into seasons of them slaving away for Negan. As for soldiers, the HIlltop and the Kingdom should have been enough for people to fight with.
We all knew that one way or the other they were going to find a way to get more weapons and fight Negan.
So of course, almost instantly we have Tara conveniently stumble upon an army of women who happen to have... what's that? TONS OF WEAPONS.
Oh hey, look.. Rick found a bunch of weird people who have weapons! But they want more, but.. Negan took all their weapons. Oh, well.. Rick and Michonne will go in search of weapons and.. hey what's that? A shit ton of weapons! Wow! UGH..
I much rather have NO garbage people and NO amazons, in favor of having had more time to develop characters from The Hilltop and The Kingdom (along with core character development that we've seen as well). Granted we did get some character development from the Kingdom, but not as much as we potentially could. Especially for an upcoming war which should have lots of casualties.
We could have gotten some really good exciting action with Ricks group scavenging, perhaps having to fight off other groups that aren't the saviors while they're looking for supplies, and just generally building up more characters that will most assuredly die. Like Benjamin from the hilltop, and Richard from the Hilltop! Alas, they're both dead and now we're left with a lack of red-shirt characters to really feel for or get ANY impact from when the war arrives.
I couldn't give two shits about the Amazons or the Garbage people because they've been tacked on conveniently and are under developed.
Anyways, those are my thought and I'm looking forward to seeing how you all vote. Would you prefer to see more red shirt character development like we got with Richard and Benjamin? Or do you think the show is headed down the right path devoting more time towards the quest for guns and soldiers?