I think some people missed the point. Of course there are going to be characters and inevitably character development but it seems the zombies swiftly took a back seat to the characters. It shouldn't be characters defining themselves through hardship and struggle. It should be struggle and hardship against zombies that forges people.
Seriously. I have not seen one onscreen missed shot. Everything they do is golden in the end. I haven't seen one person fuck up or drop the ball (zombie-wise). Plus people are screwing all over the place. That just screams to me. Lets make a melodrama and stick zombies in it. Zombies are the new vampires!
I suspect you'd feel differently about this if zombies were at the forefront of the show. All zombies all the time gets old real quick. Think about horror movies that show their main monster all the time compared to the ones who only bring it out to actually do
something. There's more impact behind their appearances if they aren't just constantly around.
That and trying to separate the characters "defining themselves through hardship and struggle" without including that what they're struggling against
is the zombie apocalypse seems like cutting hairs pretty thin. They ARE struggling with hardships caused by zombies; part of that struggle is trying to stay the hell away from zombies whenever possible because not being detected by the endless shambling dead is Step 1 of Not Getting Dead.
All that aside, the show seems to be treating zombies much the same way the comic did: they're tidal. There are times when it's just jesus zombies everywhere for long stretches of panic mode, then there are long stretches of relative quiet when the survivors managed to get out of range of the horde and can lay low in something resembling safety for a while. If there hasn't been much zombie activity in a while you can pretty much bet that there will be a lot of it coming up soon, or some other equally violent conflict. It's pacing.
That and the title may be a little misleading. "The Walking Dead" doesn't just refer to the zombies, after all.
I can see your point, I just disagree. ^.^