Don’t rush reuniting the group
Eventually we know that The Walking Dead is going to bring all of the scattered survivors back together. Or at least most of them, there’s always a chance that a few could be lost along the way. Hopefully, however, the producers don’t feel the need to rush into this. If everyone meets up at the end of “After,” the first episode back, that would be a huge wasted opportunity. Split up as they are, it gives the show the chance to examine the characters in a new situation, under duress, dealing with a variety of new obstacles. This is a fantastic chance to learn more about these people, and to get to know them that much better.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) are alone on their own for the first time. Not only is this an opportunity for them to develop the father-son dynamic between the two, but with Rick in bad shape, Carl is going to have to step up and take care of dear old dad. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) just watched their father get beheaded. In addition to the dangers of the road, they have that massive emotional trauma to contend with. We don’t really know much about Tyreese (Chad Coleman), or even Michonne (Danai Gurira) for that matter, at this point, and seeing them on their own, in the spotlight, could go a long way to rounding them out as characters. These, and others, are all avenues we want to see fully explored.