I'm still wondering if Pudding was genuine or not. I think she was, that wink she gave Luffy and the smile he gave back was a hint of their friendship alliance. I wonder if this is the arc in which finally gets Sanji hooked up, even to Nami. Though they'd be one of those couples where Nami bosses Sanji around and he accepts anything she says gladly. Main thing is that there's a possible showdown coming up on Whole Cake Island. A number of strong characters will be there, most likely Sanji's father who'll probably be some Tywin Lannister type mfer. I imagine the chaos will start sometime mid-ceremony so Oda can show a royal-type wedding.
Considering how Lola was chasing around guys obsessively you can probably bet she's the runaway sister Pudding is talking about. Also the reveal of why Big Mom is named what she is, damn that's a lot of kids. Can't wait to see Big Mom fight.
I wonder if Oda will switch between Big Mom plot and the Kaido plot. Carrying what Luffy & co are up to as well as the progression with Zoro & co would be something new. It was far too long during Dressrosa when we didn't see half the SH crew. I wouldn't mind Oda switching it up at the right moment, but will he switch with progress already been made or cut to the usual "3 days earlier" and show exactly what happens with Zoro & co as Luffy left Zou.
Been some good developments in the past year. One Piece is returning to form in my opinion, and we're just getting started.