It was the third strong installment in a row of the improved and more complete The Walking Dead. It's almost time to officially declare that the writers have recognized what did and didn't work in the series' previous seasons.
Carol has grown and developed as a character in a very short time, something we were hoping for when this season started. But she's also proven impatient and impulsive, personified in her nearly deadly mission outside the wire to fix the water hose.
The writers and directors were smart to realize that even the outrageous novelty of the zombie apocalypse had a shelf life... it makes sense now to spin the camera around and focus on the group itself.