The Walking Dead Tropes

Sunday night was the long awaited return of The Waking Dead, and what many are considering one of the best episodes in the series. While some thought that, I thought it was...alright. There were a lot of common series tropes crammed into the 42 minute run time. So I decided to make a list about them.
  1. Main character(s) narrowly escapes death ex machina.
    This episode starts off strong with two of our roughest heroes at the mercy of a motorcycle gang. Just when you think they might actually die, BOOM, deus ex machina to the rescue.
  2. Large amount of side characters killed suddenly for shock value.
    This happens every single time Rick gets comfortable with his latest hideout.
  3. Main character receives serious injury meant to give the illusion of mortality.
    Happens a lot. One of the characters gets their leg chopped off, gets sick, eye gouged out, beaten half to death, etc. it's supposed to make us feel like our characters are in actual danger, but it almost never has any serious repercussions. If they weren't an important character, this would definitely kill them.
  4. Rick is the one that has to make all the tough decisions.
    Yes, every character has lost someone or been through something horrible. But Rick is always the guy that's forced to make morality-altering decisions that really weigh down on any positivity that might be remaining in the show. I will give one to Carl, though- he had to kill his own mother.
  5. Sad character goes on angry zombie murdering rampage to get out all the pent-up aggression that's been secretly lurking inside them.
    I'M SO ANGRY! MY LIFE SUCKS! GOOD THING THERES PLENTY OF THINGS FOR ME TO KILL WITHOUT HURTING ANYONE BUT MYSELF!!
  6. Carol is secretly a murderer who's ready to kill anyone at any time, no questions asked.
    Carol is scary. No other way to put it. She'd kill a baby if she thought it was hurting her chances of survival.
  7. GLENN IS A GOD WHO CANT BE KILLED AND LAUGHS IN THE FACE OF DEATH!
    It's honestly kind of alarming how much the show writers enjoy playing with the idea of Glenn's death.