"You are so gonna regret crossing me in a few minutes."
Man, after all that time waiting. Anticipating. Wondering if the show would stick to its comic book-based guns or not. And we get a very disappointing cliffhanger. After, like, 10 minutes of very taut emotional manipulation. Following an overlong episode designed to basically do nothing but build us up toward those final 10 minutes.
Now, don't get me wrong. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan did not disappoint. He was great. And the casual flippancy of his character felt really exciting, even adding a nerve-racking electricity to the show. His smirk and swagger were a wonderful sight to behold. In fact, early casting rumors about Negan also had Jon Hamm in the running and I could totally see him pulling off this role too. There was a confidence and overall reasonableness to Negan's madness that was really cool.