I have to admit, I've been watching every episode religiously since the show first started. No, I'm not going to try to defend it. No, I haven't read the comics. Yes, Season 2 was painfully slow and I don't blame anybody for turning out.
I do have to say, though, that season 3 has been better (even though Michonne is, to me, a completely unlikeable character). I have to admit, I was quite shocked when
Laurie died in childbirth and then was promptly eaten by a zombie.
However, I have to give the series respect for that. No one
, even the "main" characters, are safe.
I think Wolfy put his finger on the whole point, on why the show still garners interest. Despite the title, It's not
about the zombies. Yeah, they're there, we get it, they're dangerous, they want brains. Ho hum.
No, the real
theme of the show is--at the core, stripped of the artificial constructs of society, who are we, as human beings? Are we intrinsically good, or intrinsically evil? Without the safety and security of law and order to protect us, would we retain our compassion for our fellow human beings, or would we devolve into animals, intent on nothing but survival? There is a saying, that all of mankind is three meals and twenty-four hours away from utter barbarism. And we certainly see that, with some of the characters that the show presents. We saw that in 28 Days Later
too, with the company of soldiers. It was completely realistic, completely believable, and completely tragic.