The Greene family arc on TWD weakened a bit as we went through Season Four.
It's there now but in a different sort of way (more on that towards the bottom of the thread.)
Hershel falls in S4E8. This is the last time we saw Beth and Maggie together and in agonizing grief over the execution of their father.
Some of the strongest moments between Glenn and Hershel include Glenn asking his permission for Maggie's hand in marriage in S3E15.
There was a wonderful flashback presented to us in the very last episode of Season 4, where Maggie and Glenn had gone out on a supply run. When they came back Hershel hugged her and put his hand on Glenn's shoulder; a simple act of kindness and love; very touching...
There was also some great moments between Maggie and Hershel in S4E5, 'Internment'.
After Hershel was gone and Glenn, Maggie and Beth were all physically separated, there generally seemed to be a lack of family longing or familial grief.
If Glenn and Maggie really loved each other, they would really miss each other. If they really missed each other, I think the best way to establish that is to have the characters talk to each other about their relatives and lovers in a candid way.
There could have been a wonderful exchange between Tara and Glenn (in S4E10) about their significant others before he knew Maggie was alive through the Terminus signs as you have pointed out Robin in the S4E15 podcast:
It would have given them both a better bonding moment and we can at least learn how Glenn felt for Maggie and Beth.
They should have also had a couple of moments of joy with the whole Greene family and Glenn where they welcome him to the family and just have them do things together as a family. Even if it was forging for juniper berries or thinning down the herd of walkers together in front of one of the prison fences.
I had failed to understand why only the Grimes Family arc had so much development and the other families didn't up until the very last episode of Season 4. It was kind of disappointing because I thought focusing on several families would be a great way to build up *all* the characters at the same time through family interactions.
Well...it turns out they are kind of doing that with all the characters through Rick Grimes and Hershel.
Rick is not only their leader, after S4E16, he's also in a way becoming a father for the group.
He's digging deep into his emotions for his friends because I believe he's really going to need them 150% soon. (Not to digress but this is the very reason why the meeting of Rick's group with Glenn's group in the railway car should have been more emotional; including hugging.) You can read more about that here:
If they had done it building up multiple families they can get into politics between the families, friction, love, etc...It also makes deaths more impactful and make for even higher ratings.
Game of Thrones has at least 7 family threads running simultaneously, so why not 2-3 on the TWD?
One burning question I have is why hasn't anyone in the Greene Family asked one another about Beth? She's their sister! It was never addressed in Season 4. I am sure all of us would be in our cars driving if we heard something happened to our brother or sister and in-laws.
Why aren't they each questioning each other about when was the last time they saw her?
If they think she's dead, why aren't they mourning her loss??
If they think she's at Terminus, why aren't they having a conversation where Glenn or Maggie say 'Do you think Beth is here at Terminus?'
Lost opportunities and kind of well...bizarre...
Not having those dialog moments takes away the ability for the actors to feel for each other and then we don't feel for them when they die or when they are gone.
Other Dead Threads on the TV Critic:
Walking Dead: All About Daryl: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/160
Walking Dead: Bob Stookey http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/167
Walking Dead: Character Development through Story Arcs: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/168
Walking Dead: A Cup of Joe: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/169
Walking Dead: Daryl's Dilemma: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/editpost/467
Walking Dead: The Funeral Home: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/161
Walking Dead: Greene Family Thread is Waning
Walking Dead: Luke, Molly and the Black Shoe: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/159
Walking Dead: On Frank Darabont: http://www.thetvcritic.org/blog/frank-darabont-and-the-walking-dead/
Walking Dead: Psycho Lizzie: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/156
Walking Dead: Rhetorical Questions you have posed to yourself you would like to share with everyone (comments?) http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/152
Walking Dead: Robin Reads the Walking Dead: http://www.thetvcritic.org/blog/robin-reads-the-walking-dead/
Walking Dead: Season Five Speculation
Walking Dead: Season Four Final Episode 'A' Speculation:
Walking Dead: Show Axioms: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/151
Walking Dead: The Silver Spoon: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/162
Walking Dead: Terminus eh?: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/157
Walking Dead: The Walking Dead Vs. Breaking Bad: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/43
Walking Dead: The Train Tunnel Scene (deconstructed): http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/172
Walking Dead: Walking Dead Novels: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/170
Walking Dead: Walking Dead Spinoff News: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/editpost/508
Walking Dead: What is the Walking Dead to you? http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/150
Walking Dead: Wimpy Walkers: http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/177
Walking Dead: Writers of all the episodes with our ratings http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/166