First, people should really stop with comic book spoilers. I read them but it looks like the show is getting a lot closer to them.
This is a much better season, they are making up for shitty writing by uping the intensity and brutality. I'd still prefer more realistic touches, I know the old saw is that it's a Zombie show, how realistic can it be. But what makes a great story is only having to suspend your disbelief once to accept the premise. I can't help it, the show would be better if they had actually made some simple adaptations. The duck tape armour is a step in the right direction, but why are the rest running around in random tank tops.
At least they're going into batshit crazy land which is also realistic in itself. Rick is taking proper shape. And the build up to Carl naming Laurie was well done. Just wrap that kid up please.