First some random thoughts then serious expansion and more thoughts in the spoilers:
A) The actors playing Daryl and Shane are incredible! I am so conflicted about them and often get goosebumps just seeing them on-screen. What amazing talents--I actually spend time thinking about fictional folks and worrying about their futures and inner struggles. That's wicked.
B) Lori, on the other hand, is a sorry character and pitiful actress. If you ever catch twitter trends or most message boards everyone just freaking hates her sorry butt (and I don't think this is necessarily what the writers/creators intended) and wants her to fall off a cliff. Actually, this is a huge short-coming on the show for me because I can't imagine that a character as animalistic and ruthlessly rational as Shane would be love sick over such a moron. And her endless string of stupid decisions (hey, let me jump in a car and go rescue the guys because I have zero combat skills to contribute, oh my!-a dead dude in the street-let me swerve off the road to avoid hitting him or the nonexistent traffic, my husband has been dead for a hot 14 minutes-let me screw his best buddy in the woods while NO ONE watches my son, and speaking of the soon to be sociopath Carl-do you ever know where your kid is) would make her unattractive even in a post-apocalyptic world...not to mention her chances of survival would really be slim to none. In fact, realistically, Carl and Lori should have been eaten weeks ago.
C) Dale was getting on my nerves and I need more screen time for T-Dog and Daryl anyhow. A lot of folks have commented that he was like "Piggy" from LoftheF but I actually loved Piggy and as for Dale...eh, whatever.
Again, FYI, these are serious spoilers/thoughts that pertain to huge events:
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1-Dale had to die or wander off because when the shows director/producer/head dude/whatever left after the first season Dale didn't like it and asked to leave. Apparently things got better (can they really be that bad when you get to work on a set of a freakin zombie apocalypse?!?) and he wanted to stay but they had already ended his contract and he had to become zombie carnage.
2-Shane is reportedly dying at the end of this season. Now, all the spoilers could be a red herring and he may just roam off to hang out by himself long-term, but either way he is going to do a new show. The leading spoiler for Shane is that Rick kills him as they struggle (and Im guessing Lori has something to do with it ). I know a lot of folks hate Shane but I think he is an incredibly dynamic, interesting character played by a phenomenal actor. Further, I feel like they have purposely made Shane a bit over-the-top crazy this season to justify Rick's murder when it comes along. This is a huge shame and can only be redeemed if Daryl gets more screen-time.
3- In the comics Lori bites the dust--PLEASE LET THAT HAPPEN SOON!
4-There is a good chance that the doctor at the CDC told Rick that they were all infected with the virus that causes zombieism as Rick and co. were escaping. In the comics everyone is infected with the virus and if you die you turn into a walker (unless you die from a massive brain injury) even if you haven't had any contact with a zombie. Also, in the Talking Dead they revealed that the title "The Walking Dead" actually refers to the living folks--not the walkers. Does that make your brain go WHOA! or what ...how's that for awesome symbolism and thought-provoking subject matter?
So, I think that is just about everything. Feel free to PM or respond..I LOVE this show!