Originally Posted by SMIGLET
As for your last point, "why should the audience care?" I think it's obvious at this point that they don't give a **** about the emotional moments, and thus the directors aren't trying at all. People are watching this show to go "oooh zombies! shooting things! sooo cool!" It's nothing more than a guilty pleasure, and it reflects the minimal separation the masses have from their animalistic nature
For a normal person, there is absolutely not enough character development or identifiable characteristics for the characters who die for us to feel real emotion. However, for people who cry at weddings, this show must be an emotional roller coaster.
There were a ton of people who were legit distraught when Lori died, while most of us were high fiving each other (on the flip side, while many of the people in this thread were bummed when Shane was killed, most of the people who watch the show were high fiving each other). I'm sure it's the same for Andrea, even though the show handled her character absolutely wretchedly (with proper character development, her character makes sense, and the same goes for Michonne, but without it, it just makes every decision the characters make nonsensical).
The problems with the losses of T-Dog and Dale were that T-Dog dispatched himself nobly, and without any lead up to it. It was unexpected, and I don't think people had any kind of real chance to process it properly (not to mention he had been pretty much used as a hood ornament in the series for quite awhile, and now his treatment in memes is better than any treatment the series ever gave him). For Dale, both the audience and most of the characters in the show completely hated him for quite awhile. So, when he dies, everyone gets a "Come to Jesus" moment, and they all feel this "amazing" emotion for him. I would liken what happened with Dale being the equivalent of dying in high school. People might talk total s*** about a person on Friday, and act like they can't stand them. But if that person dies on Saturday, they'll have 300 people at their funeral who were talking crap about the person not even a week before. I used to use the phrase, "you never know how many people love you until you die in high school." I didn't really like how weaselly they had made Dale's character, but I equally didn't like the casual way they killed him in an incredibly stupid situation, even though it clearly played into killer Carl's development in a major way.
I think it's good that you don't fall for the blatant melodrama of poorly drawn characters, but there are a lot of people out there who cried when Bruce Willis was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in Armageddon...lol.