I don't understand all of this hatred at killing off Shane and Dale. As well as all of the people claiming that now they will never watch The Walking Dead again. The point of a character is to a story from a certain perspective, and to influence the story for better or for worse. We shouldn't be pissed at the show's staff for writing them off of the show, we should thank them for making such entertaining characters. You see that anger you feel at the character's death? That means that the staff, actor's, and even the character's themselves did such an amazing job to make you truly feel for those characters. And yes while we'll miss them, it really is best that we move on and see the effects that they had on the show. As well as meet the characters that are even better, ie: Michonne, Tyreese, and Governor Blake. :D
I don't know, that's just my opinion. What's yours?