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In my first part of this blog, I decided to address some of the main complaints about the comic and TV series, and this second part will continue to do the same. (http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Chevleclair/Perhaps_this_is_a_different_perspective if you're at all interested)
I'm a little bit of an art geek, so to speak. I have a strange tendency to get emotionally attached to certain characters. Characters like Dale, Maggie, or Glenn, who seem to want to rise above the savage world rather than adapt to it are the ones who tend to impress me more than the badasses such as Michonne and Abraham. It's not to say that I dislike those characters, it's just that I find myself unable to relate to them as much.
Now, that being said, I'll just bring up the next point. Rick's sudden bursts of humanity seems to be another complaint. His remorse for killing humans suddenly springs up from time to time, and his sadness at Lori's death (again, in the comic book) seem to irk many Walking Dead faithful. Rick's a man's man, after all. He needs to go out and fearlessly hack through walkers and humans alike, and with their blood and gore covering his body, goes and has rugged and dirty sex with his woman du jour. Come to think of it, that sounds pretty good to me. Not many men out there who hadn't dreamed of being that kind of guy, that's for sure. Me included.
I don't want Rick to completely dehumanize. He's the deepest character in the comic, and is working his way to being so in the TV series. Robert Kirkman does a wonderful job portraying someone with post-traumatic stress disorder. We watch him slowly slip into madness, then just as he reaches the edge, something reaches out and pulls him back from the brink. He's been through a lot since the beginning, and has been forced to adapt with this world, but at the same time, he wants more than anything to rise above the savagery the world has created and be civilized again.
The last point I'll make here is that of Carl. Unfortunately, he's the Fanboy's Bane. He's a child character. To the common fanboy, nothing Carl could ever do or say would ever allow him to become a character worth paying attention to, and therefore should be killed off.
For those that think that way, especially the comic book fans, haven't truly paid attention to this kid. He's more than just Rick's last link to humanity, he's showing us all what it's like to grow up in a world like this. All the things he is forced to learn, and all of the cruelty he should have to endure. His very terse "No." to Ben right before he shoots him, and his adaptable attitude make him actually one of my favorites of the show. I don't get a vote, but I'd let him live for the duration.
(I'll round this out later)