I also thought the actor playing the former politico was coming off forced. I think it's a character choice, instead of performance, but it still doesn't ring true (I also was irritated with her when I looked her up on IMDB and saw this quote: "People think of me as the Jewish Meryl Streep." Wow. There are so many levels of hubris in that statement... Look, I don't care if 50 people have said that exact thing to you, you don't say it out loud, even if you're following it with some kind of humble BS).
And then her son, Soulpatch Douchebag. My god, I didn't think I could hate someone more than Andrea. Watching that fantastic ass-kicking from Glenn was really satisfying. I know he's meant to be a douchebag (he even says it out loud), but he's playing "Douchebag". I'm waiting for him to call a zombie "Brah".
But I like the yummy artist mom (same actress played the even yummier version of the maid in the first season of American Horror Story), and I still really like Aaron (his bit about not having phones was, again, endearing), and I love the set up of this story arc.
I was watching this unfold and thinking, "Well, this just looks perfect, so what's going to go wrong? What the hell is wrong?" and then it hit me pretty early in: They're what's wrong. Rick and Co. are going to fuck this up so bad, and it really fits this world perfectly. Plus the debate about society and where it ends and whether it's good and how much of it is a pure construct/fabrication... This kind of highlighted illustration is what good sci fi/fantasy/horror should be doing.
Carol, in particular, scared the hell out of me in her taped interview. Saying she missed her abusive awful husband every day and adding the junior league bit. She'd gone Stepford Carol. A little part of me wondered if she hadn't just cracked. But of course she was just playing the part to get inside there. But then Carol has cracked, clearly. She has gone into the deep end more than a lot of folks in the group. She's hardened too much. She's going to be the issue even more than Rick, I think. Keep your eye on her.
Rick has Carl (and the increasingly goofy-looking Ass-Kicker), and we've seen him get pulled back from the brink because of that before. I think it'll happen again, but in a different way this time. It's not going to be as simple as Rick sees Carl has lost his place in the world and realizes he's done the same, so he pulls himself back to society.
Because the group is done with society by this point. This town may seem wonderful, but it's still self-contained. They are holding onto the way it was, but since they're not part of something larger, there's no real point. It's empty.
Glenn is the only one who gets it. I can't remember the line he said, but he had one comment about the town, and why it was important to not let go entirely, and it was dead on. I think he may finally be the full leader of the group after this. Or we'll lose him entirely, and it'll be the most tragic to date.
And then watch out for Maggie.