Eugene is an interesting lens through which to see this side of Negan. He's a tactician. A coward, yes, but someone who thinks it all out and makes the best possible decision for himself based on all empirical evidence.
Oh hey -- sorry, didn't see you there. Must have nodded off during that outstandingly dull episode of a show about the collapse of society in a world overrun by an undead horde. Shouldn't be hard to make that more interesting than CSPAN, right?
This chapter is also about one man wrestling with both his soul and his survival instinct. This character's always going to skew toward the cartoonish. Beneath all his bluster, however, Eugene is a fairly complex, somewhat relatable guy.
"Time for After" put more focus toward a smaller variety of characters. It allowed more time for their stories to build and play out more naturally without feeling rushed. As a result, the episode was all the better for it.
While "Time for After" contained a few crucial moments, as one would hope for/expect from a penultimate midseason episode, it also focused waaay to much on Eugene and his "will he?/won't he?" crisis of conscience.