To say that The Walking Dead has a bloated, overflowing, unwieldy cast is barely an exaggeration. There are, simply put, far too many characters on this show and the creative minds behind the scenes have never fully worked out how to service them all equally and properly. Case in point: Tonight's episode was dedicated entirely to the whereabouts of Tara (Alanna Masterson), of all characters.
The show has become increasingly fond of giving whole episodes over to just a one or a small handful of characters, ignoring the rest of the vast world it's begun creating. Sometimes it works out well (say, whenever it's a Carol-centric hour), but more often than not, it can feel like the show is simply spinning its interminably dull wheels until the next big death comes around. Rather than it feeling like The Walking Dead is telling one propulsive story, each season is beginning to feel more and more like little hour-long character studies strung together between their epic premieres and finales.