Originally Posted by keg in kc
People haven't died because they've been on the farm. And the farm needed to be idyllic and safe, so that opening the barn at the midseason point would have impact on the people who lived on the farm. And all that needed to happen so that Hershel would realize his whole belief system regarding the walkers was wrong, leading to him drinking in the bar, leading to whatever it is that we're heading towards now. Everything has been tied together in pretty subtle ways, which is why it's as good of a show as it is. If it's all just mindless killing and hot zombie action, you lose the character interaction. And when the zombie events and the deaths are infrequent, they have a greater punch when they do happen.
Ultimately it's a very well made show, and we could nitpick a show about zombies to death but something I've always wondered:
Why don't they just stay on the farm or at least In a sparsely populated Area forever? That way you could wipe out the zombie population fairly easily, and live walker free. No reason to ever venture into Atlanta as long as u have food and water. I know, I know, there wouldn't be a show without zombies to kill.......