I quit watching midway through season 8 after they killed Carl. It's not that I loved the character, I didn't. It's that I knew then that they were completely abandoning the source material altogether.
I was recently convinced to go back and catch up because the last few episodes of the first half of S9 were good. They were certainly an improvement, but this midseason premiere was a backslide towards terrible. Hope it gets better.
Every time Judith Grimes is on screen, I regret everything. Un-watch-a-ble. Which AMC exec demanded that their niece get a role in the show?