We agree. I have been around here for so long and am such a prolix poster I don't pay any attention to my post count and hope that nobody else does either.
On to the show. I thought the midseason finale was terrific. Seeing the Gov get his just deserts at long last was richly rewarding and the death of the kindly and wise Herschel was moving. I give The Walking Dead high marks for not being afraid to kill of longtime characters, even those as lovable as Herschel. The death of Shane was equally shocking but a lot less emotional than Herschel's demise, I thought. I kind of laughed when Kirk Acevedo's character died. As another poster noted, Acevedo's characters have been doing a lot of that lately. This reminded me of a character in the old musical, The Fantasticks. The character played an Indian in a traveling troupe and was known as, The Man Who Dies, because he did a lot of that in his troupe's shows.