Sometimes I find it difficult to understand the thought-processes of The Walking Dead's show-runners. The first five episodes of this season were tense and emotionally riveting, but the show just slammed on the brakes and brought everything to a screeching halt.
I wanted to return to the prison, to see how the survivors of the flu coped with their great reduction in numbers, but more than anything, I wanted to see what Rick told Daryl about Carol, and how Daryl reacted to that loss and Rick’s role in it. Would he be horrified, as Maggie was, by what Carol had done? Or would he—as I suspect—argue that Carol was part of their group, just as he argued for Merle last season? Merle was a far, far worse human being than Carol, who had, moreover, done some terrible things to members of the group whose names and faces we actually recognized. But Daryl cared for him, and, last season, that seemed like it was enough for everyone to keep him around, thus ensuring his final glorious arc, in which Merle partially redeemed himself.
Instead of any of this, however, we were treated to forty-five minutes of watching the Governor interact with people we’d never seen before, whose names I’m still not completely clear about.