Seems like each season has an overall arc of looking for a safe place, finding one with an invalid leader there, then removing/replacing the leader. Season 1 - the CDC center with the crazy scientist Season 2 - Old man who thinks everyone should be nice to the zombies Season 3 - Governor, running a seemingly nice community, but really up to no good Were the comics like that? And as I was watching this last season, Woodbury really reminded me of the rabbit community in Watership Down which the protagonists are tempted to stay in. I get the feeling that there's some conscious nods to Watership Down. We saw the same kind of story structure with the latest Toy Story - the toys arrive in the kindergarten and everything seems wonderful, but you find out that the leader (Lotso) is not unlike the Governor. BTW - if anyone hasn't read Watership Down and you like the idea of a band of survivors looking for a new home, drop everything and read it. It's one of the best books ever written (IMO). Don't let the fact that it's about rabbits put you off for one second.