I've been really disappointed with the divergences from the comic. The senior home with the vato guards was particularly weak and unbelievable. Did not like the CDC season finale, and I don't like the fact that they rushed the explanation for the zombie plague into the first season, when it hasn't been explained in eight years of the comic. Merle Dixon, who is obviously going to be a replacement for The Governor (a replacement that was not needed, The governor was an interesting character without turning him into a 2-dimensional drug-addicted bigot) sucks.
I also thought that there was too much attempt to draw from 28 Days Later's atmosphere. Just cause Kirkman wrote a similar opening for his comic does not mean you to have to emulate and even outright lift some of the soundtrack. The Walking Dead stands on its own.
And T-Dog is a really lame stereotype- please let him not be a substitute for Tyreese, who was a great character without acting like he's a lost extra from a hip-hip video.
That said, the first episode of season 1 was great despite the black kid's terrible acting, and it had some very affective moments. The attack at camp and loss of Amy and later Jim, and Andrea's reaction, were engrossing and moving. Jeffrey DeMunn is a seasoned actor who adds a lot to the cast (as would veteran Michael Rooker if his character wasn't so stupid). I like the addition of Duane Dixon, and Norman Reedus' portrayal of the character is excellent.
Hopefully the arrival at the Green farm will signal a turn toward smarter writing. There's a lot of great material there to work with, waaay more than they will be able to fit even if the show goes ten seasons, so I don't understand the compulsion to add new subplots- is the creative team for the show just hellbent on making this their own?
Really looking forward to the prison, assuming they use that portion of the story (and they should). I've been a fan of this series for almost as long as it is in existence, and it deserves to be treated with respect, not mangled by moronic tv writers. Kirkman should be kicking their asses to stick with his general plotlines... I think he's got dollar signs in his eyes though.
Everybody good, plenty of slaves for my robot colony?