I think the general consensus of season two was that the group spent far too much time on the farm. I agree that other than Carl getting shot, and Shane 'sacrificing' Otis, the season didn't start to pick up for me until the end of the seventh episode (Pretty Much Dead Already), when they find Sophie. For me, from episode ten (18 Miles Out) onwardsto the final (Beside the Dying Fire), the show was extremely good, and improved greatly from the lacklustre start.
I assumed the reason for the slow start of the season was that the writers might have had difficulty adjusting from the six episode order they got in season one, to over double that amount, with thirteen episodes in seasons two. I think the show can be good with a twelve/ thirteen episode order, but now that AMC has said that season three will have sixteen episodes I'm a little concerned that, as with season two, the writers might have difficulty adjusting and some of the episodes might drag on a bit.
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