This should be a lesson for the studios:

When a show runner does something that literally 80 percent of the viewers absolutely HATE (like the cliffhanger), and responds by telling everyone what a genius he is, you need to fire that person immediately. Donet wait two or three more seasons. Do it immediately.

Note to AMC:

You still have time to do a reshoot and let Negan die. You might save 3-4 million viewers for next year if you do!