Season Analysis: At least stuff happened in Season 3, unlike in Season 2.  So why did I so regularly feel disengaged?  And if I felt that way, why did I keep watching?

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“Clear”
Midway through Season 3, I had pretty much given up hope that anyone on The Walking Dead besides Daryl (and Hershel, I guess) would ever really be interesting.  But surprise, surprise, TWD actually took a page out of the TV Show Improvement Playbook and mixed things up a bit.  “Clear” told a more or less self-contained story but managed to actually have the most significant developments of the season.  With the three of them on a run for supplies, Rick gets his own subplot, while Carl and Michonne get their own as well.          The latter sounded like a recipe for disaster, but its moments of genuine pathos and dark humor actually managed to work wonders on the show’s two most problematic characters.  Isolating Rick didn’t sound all that promising either, considering his motivations had become as fuzzy as his mental state.  It certainly helped that the return of Morgan ensured Rick wasn’t the craziest one around this week.  And a revisited piece of Season 1 like that made it clear how wise the show would be to restore some hopefulness to these characters – however desperate that may be, there has got to be something to fight for.

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