i'm on S5 but i watched S2 with my sister (she hadn't seen it) and i was just thinking of how much rick annoyed me. i don't even know why he was chosen to be the main character. at first, i thought the story would be like rick being a normal person and being lurched into this horror world and scrambling to survive, all the while watching and learning from others of what to do. that seemed interesting. and S1 really made it look like that. but when he reunited with his family that's when everything fell apart. rick, who barely knows a single thing about zombie and how they work, suddenly becomes the leader of the entire group, all because he's back with lori and carl. there's no explanation why shane is suddenly kicked down since everyone was doing fine. and yes i know he was obsessed with lori and carl, but he also protected the group (beating up carol's husband). but whatever that's leading off.
i have a lot of mixed feelings about this season. but so far this and 1 are my favourites. the one thing that angered me throughout the entire arc is that they were trying to set up some sort of life at the prison when i was convinced for a few episodes that they were planning to stay and while and move on.....because who would be that stupid to think they can stay somewhere for long when the whole reason why they found the prison is because their home wasn't safe? i didn't understand how they were like "welp that didn't work...this totally will!" you don't NEED to show me twice. this world isn't safe enough to hang out in one place for a long time, let alone for the rest of your life. so the entire time i was watching it, i was nearly pulling my hair out on how the show was so deadset on making it look like they could live in the prison when it SO obvious it would never work out. it was a waste of storytelling.
then there's rick. mixed feelings on him too. he's enjoyable enough in the beginning, and i was 1/2% away from crying when he broke down when lori died. (it's so damn unfair she was eaten anyway. the show doesn't give a shit what character dies man. 😭😭) i could understand him for the most part, but when the gov becomes involved i started to become bitter to the rick taste. in S2, i knew rick made wrong choice after wrong choice, but for some reason i couldn't get mad at him. maybe it was his naivete, his gentle, subtle innocence. idk. but whatever feelings i could struggle to make up for rick man did S3 provide. i was SO tired of rick being unable to make the simplest of damn decisions. it's not cute anymore. it's annoying. and i think the show is doing this on purpose considering that this is the very flaw that shane hounded him on in the previous season, but doesn't change that it annoyed me so much. carl jumps into rick about it as well, but more on that later.
then for the plot, andrea is suddenly stupid for who knows why. yes, i hated her just as a lot of you did with her tyranny with the gov, but i had a different heart when she finally had the wool pulled away from her eyes and did everything to fix what she had done. i'm really glad that she changed in the end, although i'm not upset with her death. with all the mess she made, i think it's justified not only her dying but the way she died. it was only fair, the chick had it coming.
now the good parts. carl. my darling carl. i had already had my heart set on him in S2 when he tried his best to mature faster and be a useful member of the group. he did do that stupid kiddy mistake of messing around with the walker, but he matured almost instantly after that - he couldn't afford to do anything like that ever again. then poor boy was forced to shoot his mother and that really evolved him. the entire, and i mean ENTIRE season he knocked it out the park. i don't know if there's more than one writer working on carl, but they LOVE him and i love them for it. now on what i had said in my rick rant, i thought it was so on point and very fair that he told his own father off on how undecided he is and because of that, lives were lost. i'm not blaming rick for his breakdown, but it's not his place to act like anyone else trying to make things better is so terrible now, when he had chance after chance to make things better.
hershel - he was my no 1 most hated character in S2 and somehow he's enjoyable to watch in S3. and that in itself is an achievement. i'm assuming that it's not just me and a lot of people hated him so the writers had to work through hell and high waters to make him able to be seen to the public eye. i have no more qualms with him and i was actually so bitter i couldn't hate him anymore i hated him just for the sake of it. in the end i couldn't go through with it.
daryl - he was already my favourite character since i saw him, i believe. he only improves with every episode. i never had an qualms with him and i still don't. i believe i never will, too. carl took his place as no 1 but he's pretty high on my list. as a person who is extremely close with my family i completely felt for him when he gave up everything for merle. speaking of-
i honestly forgot all about merle until he appeared again. when he showed his face i actually cheered. i loved how raw and unlikable he was. i don't know why. i loved that no matter how dirty and rotten he'd gotten he still would do anything for his brother, and as soon as he found out he was alive he was willing to quit everything to find him. i'm a sucker for that. in some ways i like them better than sam and dean winchester. what i also liked about him and daryl was their relationship is that i saw myself almost exactly in this situation i currently have with my older brother. thing is, daryl is the only one who understands merle and why he does what he does because he was him. but now he's changing and wants merle to change with him, but he also knows how hard it is. that's why he's so compassionate to him when everyone else isn't. for how troublesome merle is, daryl still stands by what he said: "No him, no me." merle is a sympathetic character in my own opinion because he was a "bad guy" only because he believed he was, which is related to his previous abuse growing up. in the end, he grew from his ignorance and mistakes, and his death gutted me. he will always remain with me even being in S5.
final notes are, i didn't hate lori and found her as a great mother and not strong woman but a strong character. she was one of the most likable characters in S2 that kept me hanging on with that terrible, awful, foggy story. i didn't even think she would die tbh. i hated maggie for going up the stairs and ignoring carl when he begged "Please she's my mom" when lori had already told her to do it in the first place. i wouldn't watch this season fully because of their stupid obsession with the prison and the whole andrea problem but i would probably skip around for the badass carl and daryl parts.