You could tell that episode was directed by Kirkman (althought IMDB says it wasn't, he told me personally at Comic-Con that he was directing episode 4). That episode felt a lot like the comic, much more than any of the other episodes so far. It was great.
That scene where they were sitting by the fire was almost directly from the comic. The only reason you could say it wasn't was because some of the new characters who weren't in the book, and I think Dale wasn't talking about a watch (could be wrong...).