Very good points Fluids, I agree with everything you have said here especially the points about Gregory and Sasha's plan.
I wasn't a huge fan of this episode, I give it a 48 out of 100. I recently rewatched the entirety of season 7 over the past week and I feel that I've overrated many of the previous episodes, which really goes to show how poor the season is considering the already low scores I have given out. "Go Getters", "Sing Me a Song" and "Hearts Still Beating" in particular stand out to me as much worse than I remember.
As for this episode itself, it's more of the same from the Walking Dead which isn't good. The slow pace is really ruining any kind of hype for the season finale, the characters continue to make stupid decisions, the writing is downright awful and the best character arcs are hardly receiving any focus while the unimportant scenes go on for far too long. This season has really suffered from these problems and this episode isn't exempt from it.
First of all Rosita and Sash finally get some focus on their mental state and relationship literally 13 episodes after Abraham's death, which should have been a major point for their characters. Instead they were shifted to the background and only now get focus, but the focus is totally off as it's entirely on Rosita's boyfriends shaping her life rather than Rosita and Sasha themselves which is pretty awful. In the end their big scene goes on too long and doesn't even accomplish anything worthwhile which is just frustrating.
Additionally there is the stupidity of their plan to kill Negan. Instead of just waiting some more they stupidly break into the Sanctuary. I had problems with their decision to even do this in "Say Yes" but now watching them take the single most bone-headed way to kill Negan is practically insufferable. They have a sniper rifle, so how do they plan to shoot him from inside the Sanctuary!!??
So since I was heavily disappointed by that storyline, the other one really needed to deliver but it's surprisingly tame. We see yet another Saviour arrival for what feels like the 700th time this season so it has much less impact than it should even though Steven Ogg is phenomenal as Simon, who is still one of the best things about this season. Xander Berkeley is good as well but unfortunately the 2 of them aren't able to carry the episode based on their fun scenes together. The plot is at a standstill and the Hilltop scenes at this point just feel unimportant because it's painfully obvious that Gregory will be taken out sooner or later so Maggie can take control.
Speaking of Maggie, she finally gets some focus! It's shocking that she has only appeared in 5 episodes this season and downright unacceptable. She should be most effected by what Negan did, but her character got no focus whatsoever so she has become just an afterthought. Her conflict with Daryl should have received a lot more focus and honestly should have been on of the most important story arc this season, but in the end it is just glossed over and cleared up after about 5 minutes of very average screen time which is disappointing, especially considering how much time the less important Saviour scenes got. Did we really need to see Enid try to give the one Saviour some fruit?
Eugene has been excellent this season however. It remains unclear what his real motives are but I personally hope that he has actually betrayed Rick. His character arc is one of the only ones this season that has actually been handled well.
-Love seeing me more of Simon. That let me give this episode some bonus points.
-Maggie and Daryl's scene was touching but the dialogue felt forced and took me out of the mood.
-I really liked the cold open sequence in this episode and it was my favourite part. it told a clear story of what has been happening at the Hilltop in fairly quick time. If only the pace of the rest of the episode was as fast.
-Carl hasn't been seen in the last 5 episodes, where has he been?
Honestly this episode sums up my problems with season 7 as a whole. So much could have been handled better and I'm honestly struggling to feel any kind of excitement for the upcoming season finale.