The Walking Dead is my crack cocaine—I know it’s bad for me, but I keep watching anyway. That makes me a reluctant fan of the show. And by reluctant, I mean, I watch it every week, ignore phone calls, and refuse to make plans that interfere with my viewing not only of the episode, but also The Talking Dead that follows. I also say reluctant since I have issues with how it portrays gender and race, but that is for another post. This season has bugged me for the way in which the plots have been driven by Neegan’s entrance and the need to fool fans familiar with the graphic novel (or at least have read the plot points). Think about the switch in the episode “Thank You” and how the show took Steven Yuen’s name off the credits for a few episodes. In the last half of this season, Ric and his crew are behaving in ways they never would have, especially after everything they have been through together. And Carol? In the last few episodes her behavior makes absolutely no sense, especially since she’s the one who was training children how to kill the walkers (“Infected”), put a bullet in Lizzie’s brain in Of Mice and Men-style (“The Grove), and murdered Karen and David because she was afraid they would infect the entire prison (“Isolation”). These are Season 4 references, but in this season, she has it out with Morgan in more than one episode regarding his inability to serve the community the way it needs—by killing anyone who threatens their existence. Someone who has done that amount of close, personal killing in the name of survival and community doesn’t suddenly lose it the way she has in the last half of the season. Unless, you want her gone from the mass murder that is about to happen. This reason for leaving is the only one that makes sense. Neegan is going to KILL THEM ALL. I realize this move would upset some folks, but the series could survive a reset like this one. Carol and perhaps Morgan as well as Tara and Heath survive because they left—Carol and Morgan for parts unknown and Tara and Heath are on a two-week run. Neegan may allow Judith to live, a kind of walker-world janissary. She won’t ever know where she came from and Neegan can mold her in his image. The only way the behaviors of these characters can be redeemed is if Neegan kills them all. Anything less is a copout. The only winner I see here is Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who makes appearances in both the season finale of The Walking Dead and The Good Wife. I’ll be watching The Walking Dead on Sunday at 9pm and viewing The Good Wife on DVR days later. I may be a reluctant fan, but I’m a steady one too.