I read so many good things about the S2 opener, and after watching it, I might just have some Sunday night time to clear on my DVR. The cleverness of the first couple or so episodes of the first season is gone. Remember when Glenn had lines and was crafty? Or when T-dog did more than just stand around bleeding? Or Dale did more than channel the grandfather from "The Lost Boys"? (Okay, maybe he never did.) Then they lay on thick the "child in danger" emotional manipulation crap. That just shuts me down, as it is totally lazy writing. That, plus the Rick-Laurie-Shane thing just smacks of some Lifetime Television For Women two hour drama. I'll give it another week to recover from the Frank Darabont departure, but if this show doesn't come back with some actual non-lazy plot and actual horror/gore (not the sloppy sound effects and off-camera stuff), I will be seriously disappointed in AMC.