The first 8 episodes of season 7 were a disappointment to many, especially the casual viewer that does not follow the books. In fact, there are few shows that could survive the arse-kicking that the main character has been receiving, especially after losing 2 fan favorite characters in the first episode of the season. I would say that dropping 4 million viewers an episode is not at all out of sorts after what we have witnessed thus far.
This will change in episode 9, as it seems the beginning of the All Out War storyline may start soon judging by the new synopsis:
"Rick's group will find out yet again that the world isn't what they thought it was. It's much bigger than anything they've seen so far, while they have a singular purpose -- to defeat Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) -- it won't come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable."
Additionally, we are treated to a few new tasty photos.