“The Big Scary U” shows a fantastic new side to Negan, turning a mediocre but entertaining character into a genuinely good character some may find themselves rooting for. Yet the same can’t be said for the rest of the Saviors who show a whole new level of incompetence, making a large portion of the episode almost unbearable to watch. Rick and Daryl’s differences finally come to a head with underwhelming results. Overall, the story as a whole serves to enhance the character of Negan, but not much else.
"Monsters" embraces the goofy comic book feel the show has been headed towards for a while at the cost of drama and horror. By far one of the most entertaining watches of the season (or series for that matter), "Monsters" continues the Walking Dead’s tradition of taking two steps backward for every step forward it makes with fantastic consequences.
Jigsaw' provides a satisfying entry point for newcomers to the series. While it doesn’t pack the same punch as the original regarding blood or plot, there is still plenty of fun to be found throughout for old and new fans alike.
“Sons a Witches” takes a stab at male culture in an interestingly funny way. While not necessarily as funny as other episodes, it is still a great time despite including another Cartman/Heidi subplot that terribly detracts from the main plot.
Cheap effects, poor writing, and uninspired action sequences prevent this season premiere from being anything more than a reminder that nothing of too much importance will likely happen until the mid-season finale.