Settling things, at least a little (Amid the ruins spoilers)
Ok, I loved A House Divided, and I personally liked, but fond may flaws in In Harm's Way, and while All That Remains was meh for me, Amid The Ruins is getting many complaints, more than any other episode this far. Mostly about Nick and Sarah's deaths, and Luke screwing Jane and abandoning watch. I'm going to talk about these three things, and 2 positive things, without making this a Tl;dr post. Here we go.
Sarah's death. The main complaint with this, is that they wanted her not to die. Now, if you think of the characters as real people, this is easier to digest, so I like to do that. Think about it. She's a little girl. Depressed and broken, she barely responds, and is 80% of the time in the fetal position, and has been too sheltered. If this person was real, yeah, they would die at the first sign of danger, and it would be sad, and even if people saved you, at the risk of their own life, you are now a liability, and though your death would be a tragedy, you're gonna die, no matter how much people protect you. Plus, from a writer's standpoint, think about it. Sarah is supposed to (a little, at least to me) represent if Lee had done nothing but shield Clem. As soon as Lee's luck runs out, Clem wouldn't have been able to move on, and despite everyone's best efforts, died regardless. I say that was the point of having Sarah die. What a text wall. Moving on!
Nick's Death. Well, simple. His death reminds me of Chuck's from season 1. You just find the corpse, and though everyone is saddened, you have to move on. As a staff at Telltale once said (I forget who, it was on the talking dead for episode 4 I believe), "Not everyone dies a hero's death." Most people loved Nick, and wanted him to survive, same with Chuck, but he didn't go down in a hail of gunfire saving Clem, just.....bitten. Or bled out from a gunshot wound. Like most people would be in that world. Even though he was a cool character, oh well. He died the average man's death, and was put down by his friends. Who was expecting a mundane, off-screen, average death? I thought it was well-handled, making the most bland zombie apocalypse death exciting, as you weren't expecting it.
Luke and Jane having sex while Luke was on watch. This was a huge screw up, but jeez, lay off the guy. Luke was probably getting stressed, and he's in his twenties, he's not perfect, Rebecca's giving birth, his best friend died, (determinant) his good friend's daughter died, he was panicking and screwed up his job. Hey, just like Kenny did watching Clem, when he got drunk as hell in Around Every Corner! Hey Kenny fanboys constantly attacking Luke for this, Kenny did a similar thing in episode 4 of last season, look at that (I am on neither side in the Kenny vs. Luke war)
Lastly, a positive, in this post (It's getting all tl;dr up in here). I personally was completely enamored with the scene with Mike and Bonnie were in the museum. It all felt kinda like a breath of fresh air from all the dark and depressing stuff. Even the walker attack didn't feel dark as, somehow, I learned to trust, and really grew attached to Mike and Bonnie, just through casual dialogue, with no flat out development in the traditional way. Just.... conversation, and they are suddenly 2 of my favorite characters in the group right now.