There are a lot of problems with the Walking Dead. Poor writing, a lack of cause and effect, characters that randomly change motivations, cyclical storytelling, and plot holes galore. Still, I watch it every week because I still hope it will get better. Or maybe I just like to laugh at the show so many others seem to think is the best hour of television ever devised.
Here is my brief approximation of about 75% of the episodes of the Walking Dead I have seen to date:
“I don’t agree with what’s going on around here!”
“Shane, I am in charge. If you don’t like it, then leave.”
“Hey everyone, I’m only here to contradict something I said last week to further a story line well past the point anyone should be caring.”
“Me too, guys!”
“Something is bothering me. Again. I think I just need to have a good cry.”
“Just stopping by to be annoying…”
“What’s everyone looking at me for? I haven’t said a line that mattered in months.”
[Zombies arrive. For no real reason. Our heroes dispatch of them. Or so they think…]
“Everything about society has changed. I’m so sad.”
Didn’t we just discover that last week? And the week before? And in last season’s finale?
[Someone is killed unexpectedly by a stray zombie]
[Next week on The Walking Dead…]
“It’s okay everyone, I’m in charge.”
“It’s, like, everything about society has changed, you know?
“Don’t mind me. Just passing through the shot.”