I thought the episode was pretty decent.
While I don't find many of the characters compelling at this point, I find the situations they find themselves in certainly an interesting topic for discussion.
The thought of living in a world so dark and dreary that murder of someone potentially innocent for ones own safety, is the general group concensus is very interesting the think about. A room full of people, who we can assume used to be far more rational, have all but disintergrated and only one old man will speak up for morality.
Even more ironically, as someone from the younger generation who often finds some of the ideas of the older generations dated, I couldn't help but find Dale's view just that.
He made some very good points, but wishing won't change the world they're in and who's to say that they'd have such an easy time siding with him if they were on that farm? Survival is a basic human instinct and while humanity is to be admired and even strived for, would you follow it to the danger of yourself or the ones you love?
Granted, there are still elements of the show that really piss me off, as mentioned with super strong ninja zombies.
They really missed a great chance here. How is it we're in the second season and we've not yet had one really great scene of someone having been infected with a scratch and having to accept their own inevitable transformation into a zombie?
I feel this was a great situation to give that ago and they really blew it.
Would Daryl's views on the world have changed, knowing he was going to burn up and zombify?
We'll never know now and all we've been left with is gut rippingly strong zombies.
Right now this shows strength isn't the characters, it's the world they're inhabiting and the situations they face. They really need to start focusing more on those strengths and in doing so, they might make the characters a bit more enjoyable, whether they mean to or not.