Now, Mister Romero is certainly entitled to his opinion, as are we all. In fact, in large part, I don't necessarily disagree with him! My point, is, so what if it is a "soap opera"?
People have been bitching about "The Walking Dead" since it premiered. "There's too much drama," "There's too much dialogue," "There's not enough action." The litany of complaints goes on, and on, and on. SHUT UP!!!! It seems that the people who complain the most are also the ones that can't seem to stop watching the show! If you dislike it so much, then why do you bother tuning it? Wait, I know, it's so you can have something to complain about! After all, isn't the Internet just a forum for people to sit behind their computers and complain about things? (Yes, yes, I know what you're saying right now. "But Horror Nerd, you complain about things all the time!!) Yes I do! But usually it's about things that I cannot control, like the asshole who cut me off on the highway today or people who can't make a right hand turn without coming to a complete stop, but I digress......
What I take away from the show is that, once people decide that they are going to try and fight for survival, all of the familiar human "stuff" is going to come out. People are going to fight, argue, have sex, fall in love, have children, etc...... Why would anyone think that these things wouldn't occur?
Also, what's wrong with character development? Have our attention spans really gotten so short that if it's not all action all the time, we can't deal with it? This isn't a two-hour movie boys and girls. It's a show based on a comic book series with more than 100 volumes, with dozens of major characters and many plot lines. If you can't handle that, then you're watching the wrong show, and you should just go shoot some zombies in a video game.
I'm sorry if this comes across as harsh, but I am really getting tired of all the bitching about the show. There's such a lack of good television these days. We live in an ocean of shitty "reality" shows, and then, when a good drama comes along, that doesn't hold back on the violence and gore when it's necessary to the story, all people can think to do is complain about it.
As far as I am concerned, "The Walking Dead" is a gift that I will enjoy for as long as it's on. Does it have it's flaws? Of course it does. I defy anyone to point me to a TV show or movie that doesn't.
Oh, and one more comment about George Romero. Yes, he is a legend and we owe him a lot. However, I, for one, do not worship at his altar the way some people do. After all, this is the person who gave us "Survival of the Dead". He is absolutely entitled to his opinion, but in this case, I think he is missing the point.