Is anyone else here following Season Two of "The Walking Dead"? Or "Walking Dead" in general? Personally, I loved the first season, short as it is. The zombies are handled well (for Romero-style zombies), and the characters are all rather interesting. There's some silliness (the CDC has a massive self-destruct system on a deadman's switch?), but overall the drama is good.
I also liked most of the premiere. The plot of the episode - trying to find the lost Sophia - was good, and the inability to find her by the end sadly realistic. The actual ending was a huge shocker, and I wonder if they'll actually have Carl die (it would be a divergence from the comic series, but the show has already diverged heavily from the comic). It would be a great way to introduce the "Romero Rules" of the story (anyone who dies without massive head trauma comes back as a zombie), and have Rick reveal that he knows this ever since the CDC Guy told him.
So far, I'm hopeful. The storyline still seems to be focused on the day-to-day struggle to survive, and that's what drew me into the series in the first place. Unfortunately, the comic this is based on leans heavily on the whole "Real Monster is Man" theme, and if the show decides to go into that pretty heavily, I might drop the series from lack of interest.