A very disappointing episode, overly busy, poorly paced, with too many shortcuts.
Too many necessary scenes were cut; Rick discovering Bob escaped, Rick talking over the radio to Dawn, Carol waking up (moving in her sleep doesn't count", Beth and Carol learning that Rick was coming for them, Team Firetruck heading to the church, Eugene being confirmed to be alive (I thought his unconscious grunt last week was very Walker-ish).
Too much time was spent on the hospital cops, who I didn't care for.
I could sort of understand Beth attacking Dawn, but stabbing the sowing scissors into her bullet proof vest was a terrible idea, something like her neck, eyes, or face would have made more sense.
Gabriel investigating the school did give the story a nice circular element, however I actually didn't know that Judith was on Michonne's back (looked too small to carry her), I thought they had left her in the back-right room of the church, so when they went into the left room I thought they accidentally left her behind.
I am curious if Carl's crush on Beth will be mentioned in future episodes.
This midseason finale had a lot of hype, and I don't think it delivered. Ultimately, i think this half season was a bit of a failure, the Terminus action was far superior to the Hospital cops story, and even then Gareth's exit was flawed.
The structure of the story harmed the half season, and outside of the DC hopes being extinguished, we are in the same position as we were at the start of episode 2 of the season.
The last few seasons have seen the survivors be unable to peacefully interact with Woodbury, Terminus, and the Hospital. I would have been interested in seeing them live with other people (but not be in charge as they were at the prison in season 4 with the woodbury-ians).
Lastly, the end scene with Morgan was kinda pointless, feels more like webisode material since he's done nothing signifcant.
This episode will be viewed as "The one where Beth dies", but I don't think it holds up to any of the other finales (except for season 3 episode 16, that one stunk also). It feels as if the writers thought if they killed off Beth it would automatically be deemed a good episode.
I would probably give this episode a score in the high 40's