Topic: The writing on TWD is objectively atrocious and has not improved much since the first season. Discuss.
Topic: The editing on TWD is clunky and disjoints storylines to the detriment of pacing. Discuss.
Topic: The acting by various members of our survivors, Sarah Wayne Callies(Lori) in particular and to a lesser extent Laurie Holden(Andrea), is dragging down an otherwise tenable cast. Or, is the writing so freshman that the actors are hamstrung by the words put in their mouths? Discuss.
I think it's the writing that's the core problem. Too little is happening, and too much stupidity by the characters, who don't seem to learn much as they go. I haven't read the comic/GN, so I'm wondering if fidelity to the source material is a problem here, as I've read a lot of negative reactions to Kirkman's writing. It just seems like they're not mining the premise for all its worth, and they're dragging things out that could (and like should) be resolved more quickly. Or, if they're going to keep Sophia missing, let's do more with the mom and the effects of a missing child in the zombie apocalypse.
The acting is good, given the scripts the actors have to work with. Callies, I think, is the more limited talent, but I think both she and Holden are doing fine. My eyerolling and impatience doesn't come from not buying them as their characters, but from the dialogue and plotting. The writing of the show feels like the writers and producers simply don't know where to go next, and are floundering and using worn devices to increase tension and stretch out the timing.
I almost think the show would have been better if it had been anthology-style, following disparate survivors and what happens to them, with their paths crossing occasionally or working towards a bigger, unified plot.