The Walking Dead returned after its mid-season break last night (spoilers lay ahead). Robert Kirkman has gone back to his granular storytelling roots by focusing specifically on the characters of Michonne and Carl. This is for the best; the larger-than-life storylines from the first half of this season led to great action scenes, but an overall decline for the show.
Let's start with Carl, the most interesting character. Carl has come to know a life of zombies rather than the typical teenage experience of rebellion and suburban living. The episode did a decent job spelling that out, showing Carl's bemusement with video games and then his live-action game of killing zombies in an unnecessarily dangerous fashion. Whereas we may have stayed out too late, perhaps driven too fast and picked fights with other kids, Carl has to get his kicks by putting bullets into the undead. It's tough being an angsty teenager during the apocalypse.