i just read someone saying that a problem the show has kinda run into dramatically is that in the comics there's a lot more peacetime at the prison before it's attacked. all of the problems are from within for a while and later on when some of them leave and end up at woodbury, but nothing attacking the prison and no assaults on woodbury.
now it seems like the show doesn't really have faith in itself to play any more long cons like what season 2 attempted, so they're just tearing through every story/new character to do with the prison and woodbury and as a result imo there's no tension because things are just happening.
it's like, at this point, they've been kidnapped and taken to woodbury, made an assault on woodbury, met tyreese, killed lori, killed the prisoners, been attacked at the prison... by the end of the season they're gonna have to repeat some of these things because they were so eager to push more action on us (because people complained so much about stuff not happening last season).
they've said the prison is sticking around for at least part of next season so i wonder how those episodes will pan out.