More than a report card for AMC’s The Walking Dead, think of this as a one of those progress reports that they sent home in the middle of the term to let your parents know how you were coming along. They tracked your development, noted areas where you lagged, and generally told the world where you needed to pick up the slack. This gives us an open forum to talk about what the show is doing well thus far in season four, areas where there is room for improvement, and things we would like to see the underachieving series accomplish moving into the final eight episodes of the year.
Overall, season four has been a marked improvement over the previous installments. It’s probably the best the show has been since the first two episodes of season one. I maintain that The Walking Dead really started coming off the rails with the third episode—the first two episodes were good, three and four were okay, and the final two were complete garbage. In AMC’s defense, I don’t think anyone expected the show to be such a massive hit, why else would they order a season that’s only six episodes long.