Thanks for laying out what I couldn't manage to synthesize in a post.
My question: Is is possible for a show this bizarre to jump the shark? The bolded part of your comment is what pushed me over the edge. We've endured WEEKS of angst over Zeke's impending death date. It finally gets here, he dies, and then -FLASH!- he's not only alive, all the frostbite damage is gone.
I almost deleted the show from my scheduled recordings, but I'm one of those poor suckers that will hang with something to the ugly, bitter end. If it comes back, I may try to stick it out.