Walking Dead could have been better. I’ve read the comics, and I know how dark and gritty it is.
I think AMC didn’t want another double contender for their baby “Breaking Bad” which I absolutely loved (and Mad Men already winning so many awards!).
But honestly, I think the 1st two seasons of Walking Dead were great, and that’s when it was getting derailed, just after season 2.
You’ve described The Walking Dead as ‘a soap opera with a zombie occasionally’. For people who don’t like that show, it seems to sum up their feelings.
“…I think Frank [Darabont] did a great job. I don’t know what the hell happened there, something political no doubt, when they canned him after the first season. ” George A Romero