Let me say - To each their own, and I'm not suggesting anyone should like the show that doesn't. Still...I feel like I'm in some odd parallel universe with the negative comments towards the show now.
I mean, the first season opened up with that ridiculous car chase (don't remember details, just remember wondering if this was a show I could watch), then you had the walk through the zombies with their guts on you and they won't notice you (yes, I know this was from the comics, and I appreciate that, still found it ridiculous)...but then, the topper, when Merle is chained to the roof, and T-Dog runs, trips and in slow mow...key goes down a pipe. I'm like...c'mon, this is getting ridiculous. Then it ends on a fairly boring note (CDC). I was underwhelmed after the first season to say the least.
Then the second gets going...building slow, too slow at times, but it climaxed with some great tension towards the mid season finale. So from that point it became one of my favorite shows, insanely intense.
Yeah, I'm an outspoken Shane fan. I say it often, but when the sh*ts goin down, you'd want Shane to have your back. He had to go (he went coo koo), and it was taken care of...I was one of the few that was sad he had to leave.
So yeah, that did leave an opening...a void in the tension. Keep in mind, that scene at the end of season two, with Rick in the bar with those strangers, when he took em out...that was tense as hell. Still, yeah, the show has not replaced the tension it lost when it lost Shane. It does have its very tense moments though...some freakin, wow...what the hell is going to happen type moments. The drama between the characters is developing in the SAME WAY it developed the first half of season two...SLOWLY.
So I guess my point is, I had issues with the show in the beginning when it was pretty much loved. Now, I think this show is one of the best, brilliant and insanely tense...and people now think it is lacking.
I don't get it, but again...to each their own.
Lon - Good point though, would like the find out why the gov hates outsiders.