Strange episode that. Really felt like filler, even more so than a lot of the walking dead.
The show wants you to care about the characters and their internal/external drama, but then it shows you their deaths in overly gratuitous fashion as though you're supposed to enjoy the violence and get off on the characters you care about dying, and in this episode the show also asks you to get on board rick and michonne's banter bus, meaning that there was absolutely zero tension to any of the fight scenes. None of it works all that well.
It isn't so much that the walking dead struggles to do tonal shifts, it's that it just has no real sense of what tone even is.
Also they've ballsed up Rosita's character. She's fast becoming the most irritating screen presence. And lol at the thought Sasha is going to be the one "taking the shot". We all know that not only will Negan live for at least another season, she won't be the one to kill him.