never said that's what i wanted. i'd just prefer if the writing didn't run in circles for two more episodes over killing some random kid that is a plot device that the characters will argue over until the end of the season. this is just the first half of the season all over again.
See I think it's been a little bit more then just that. You can see Rick struggling with the decision, can see the other characters struggling to deal with these things in their own way. Shane has very obviously chosen the route of violence to deal with the new world, and that's cool and all, but I find the way the other characters are dealing to be a bit more realistic, at least when you're dealing with a group of decent people like all of these folks seem to be.
As for the 2nd part...like I said, I can pretend I'd know how I'd react but I really don't know. yeah, the people he was with were doing horrible things...but he's sitting in front of me crying and begging for his life and I've got a gun to his head...I don't know if I can pull the trigger or not. As i said before, I'd probably side on the "keep him locked up" side of things. At the very least, if his people do show up, he can be used as a bargaining chip if they really want him back.
The show isn't really doing a good job of anything making us wait to see if they are going to kill that kid in the barn or not. It's already been established a long time ago that Rick and Shane are different and have personalities that are eventually going to lead to a major confrontation. As someone already said, the kid is a plot device and nothing more.
This is ultimately it, Dale was one of "Frank's" guys and was one of the few notable names when this show started in season 1 to attract viewers, if you liked Frank Darabont's work, then you'd like the familiar faces on the show from his movies. Jeffery DeMunn is one of them.
And because of that, I'm not sure where Dale's death is accuracy wise or storyline wise, but I do not think the killing off of the television character is close to the comic book series.
it was killing off the character because of the actor, not because of actual good storytelling. Otherwise you have at least 10+ other support characters that are such shit (T-Dogg? the bald lady? The dude in the house that does nothing? The chick on suicide watch? the list goes on and on) that you could kill, but obviously are fine with being on the show.
And think having all these support characters eventually will lead to a mass slaughtering or thinning of the herd at one point, it has to.
I sure hope so. The cast is way too big and we don't know anything about any of them. I agree with everything you're saying.