I just can't believe they did it. I mean, I can, cause I was preparing for it for a month, but I can't really believe it. Honestly, what the commonwealth arc has shown me is how disproportionate our characters die.
I mean it's just insane how our group has lost pretty much they're entire population, despite being hardened survivors, yet new people basically seem to be showing up out of nowhere all the time in mass numbers. It frankly shouldn't be possible. The world shouldn't be more populous today than a couple of months in, not with the amount of bloodshed from walkers and people constantly going on. The rate of reproduction surely is not high enough to compensate.
Regardless, this book is having a real identity crisis going forward. We now only have two original characters left, both kids. I never thought they'd kill off Rick so soon after Andrea. Carl's right, it's just all seeming pretty pointless to me if everyone from our original group that we cared about dies anyway.
I'll never stop reading, but damn, this just sucks. And I never for a moment believe Carl is actually going to permanently break down from the grief, so the fallout is just an overdone trope.