I watched the first season over 3 nights, and then watched the first 6 or so episodes of Season 2 up until they had the break where Shane opened the barn and then just forgot all about it, or had better things to do, so this past week I've watched the second half of Season 2 and the first 4 episodes of Season 3. Wow. Ride and a half.
I'm impressed that, arguably, the second most important character in the first 2 seasons was died, and yet Shane hasn't been missed at all this season. Until I read this thread I even forgot about him for the most part, and I watched the episode he died only about 5 nights ago. I'm impressed that they have moved on and made me forget about him. To be honest, up until his death the only thing I could think of was how stupid he looked with a shaved head, white combats and black boots though. I honestly feel that when we're up to Season 5 and somehow see an early season 1 episode again we will be like, Fuck! I forgot all about Shane!
Unless they call the baby Shane.
Lori I couldn't stand, and T-Dog was the most pointless character ever. There last 5 minutes were the strongest 5 minutes of their entire existence on the show.
Carl has definitely became a much better character. I, like a lot of people, couldn't stand him but the fact that the character is now so tough makes you appreciate the world they live in a bit more. Less than 2 years ago he was a little boy; less than a year ago he was a little boy who thought he was a man; now, he is becoming a man all in the space of the ages of about 12-14, if not younger. You had to go through the little boy to get to where the character is now. That's cool.
The Governor is a great character too. I love the fact that the actor grew up not far from me and is doing so well, and also plays the character very well.
I have read the first 90 or so comics, so I know the differences and really like the way they are different. If we knew what was happening completely then it wouldn't be as interesting. I see a few people slipping spoilers in too. Someone asked how a character died and then in the same sentence said they will Google it. WTF? Why even mention that any character died. Definitely just so they could spoil it. Anyway, few things and a few questions to anyone who has read the comics, too.
I'm looking forward to seeing Merle returning to see Darryl too. I noticed when Angela gave him the map, although he seemed sick, when he showed it to Governor he also seemed a bit softer. I would love Darryl & Merle teaming up with Rick in Season 4. Rick, Darryl, Merle and a teenage Carl hunting walkers would be cool.
Does anybody else think a series like this also has the legs for a spin-off? I only ask because this, and the comic book, make me feel really creative and I tend to write stories local to me that revolve around things like this. Nothing serious, but I do a bit of writing as a hobbie and find it interesting. Could you imagine a season called Walking Dead: New York where there a whole lot of other characters, eventually meeting up with Rick & the others for a final season?