The Walking Dead has always been heavy on filler (entire episodes about unimportant/unpopular side characters; long scenes featuring people walking around, doing menial tasks, or having over-acted, scripted philosophical conversations, all overlaid with atmospheric music; unnecessarily long story segments, etc.) to draw out a storyline that could be settled in a couple of episodes into an entire season. However, this season is that on steroids, with the past three episodes in particular being downright pointless and redundant. You can already see the monumental confrontation coming with Negan, which will end in a cliffhanger at the mid-season break to be (more or less) resolved at the end of the season. And then it goes back into the formulaic cliche of "meet another group of survivors; they're evil; they try to kill or subjugate us; we prevail against the odds in the end", rinse, wash, and repeat.
It may have worked for previous seasons, but I'm seeing far more rumblings about the repetitiveness and ridiculous helpings of filler that this show is dishing out, banking on its reputation alone continuing to pull in viewers. It won't last much longer at this rate.