As much fun as this show is, this season has been a beating. This third season is like one of those long drives where you simply can't wait to get out of the car; only as the viewer this long drive better include an interesting destination and not Kokomo, Indiana (I've been there, trust me).
Sunday night's episode, Sgt. Rick Grimes agreed to hand over Michonne to The Governor in return for peace. Only Sgt. Rick backed out, but by the time he changed his mind Merle Dixon had grabbed Michonne with the idea that he would make the deal.
Only Merle backed out, let Michonne go and then staged his own personal war against the protectors of Woodbury. Needless to say, things did not go well for Mr. Merle.
Now we are at the point that this show should have arrived about six weeks ago - The Gov takes on Sgt. Rick. We think. Or it must. While this show has surprised viewers by killing off important players (Lori Grimes, Shane Walsh, etc.) it's not going to kill Sgt. Rick.
This show has successfully explored some fun storylines anchored around what would people do when life is truly survival of the fittest without having to worry about social norms. This season did that, only it went too far.
The show has built a loyal stock of viewers, but given the amount of quality programming that exists these days people will check out (see The Killing) unless there is a reason to stay tuned.
Another season like this and there won't be.
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