Originally Posted by JKhauler
You're missing the point of what's occurring though. Logically it makes perfect sense to do those things, but nothing about this show is logical. The fact is, our zombie wrecking crew has crotch punched a "hornets nest". Neegans group is far greater than what you just watched. His network is every new "civilization" that pops up in the area, which without a doubt could stretch anywhere based on how it's looking now.
Neegan makes every group provide half of their supplies to him. He more than likely sends scouting crews to locate new populations and probably attack to see the strengths of the people, determine if they're strong enough to "join" his ranks and kill those who he finds weak. There's no escaping Neegan..
Bullshit. He's powerful, sure, but he's got a few hundred men at best? Maybe a thousand if we're being really generous. He's located in Northern VA, but he can only hold so much territory. Our group doesn't have to stay in Northern VA. Hell, they don't have to stay in VA period. The only reason they went that far North in the first place was because of Eugene's lies so they've really got no reason to stay, especially now that Alexandria has failed. Take the railroad idea and head west and aim for an area that already had low population density, ideally where natural resources would be abundant and you can see a threat coming for several miles. Take over an existing military base that's fairly remote yet has water sources and wildlife nearby. It's a lot easier to defend somewhere that already exists than building new. Population density is too high on the east coast in general which means resources are less abundant and threats are much higher as is competition for resources. Smaller towns out in the midwest and west likely survived to some extent because the initial situation would be much easier to contain in a small town than it would be somewhere like DC, Atlanta, ect. Yeah, you have major cities out west, but aside from California most are several hundred or several thousand miles apart. Negan isn't going to spread that far out and it's likely in a lot of places that the threat of the dead is virtually non-existant.
For that matter they severely underutilize boats. Head to the Norfolk, VA area. Plenty of options, you can stock boats with supplies and anchor them offshore so they're safe from the dead and living. You can travel down the coast hitting harbors for supplies as needed. You keep the shoreline in sight as you head down the coast and anchor offshore at night where you're safe from most threats. There are plenty of islands in the Carribean that fit you can survive on. The dead aren't wandering the ocean killing fish.
There are plenty of places they can go and Carol was the only one smart enough to figure out how much they'd fucked up and that they ought to leave. Staying anywhere near a major metropolitan area is flat out stupid.
And Negan still has to deal with the threat of the dead. Herds have been a major threat to every single settlement in the series thus far and he's not immune to that. Hell, all it takes is for one person to die in their sleep, turn and start biting people and a settlement can die overnight from the inside. This whole show is about survival and the best our group has been able to do is sort of hold a very small area with limited resources for a short period of time. They keep repeating the same shit thinking the results are going to be different.