I have only read the comics, but they quickly taught us - at least by collection 5 - that you don't want to hope for anything or attach any feelings to the protagonists.
And of course it's a soap opera. That was pretty much the intention. But you get to watch people with soap opera sensibilities get eaten by the living dead.
" Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background of countless minor scenes and interiors, (not the official surface courteousness of the Generals, not the few great battles) of the Secession war; and it is best they should not—the real war will never get in the books." ~ Walt Whitman
Governor died in the comics, they took a major turn in the finale guess the got sick of us who read the comics knowing whats coming next. Andrea didn't die in the comics, oh and in the comic Carol is a whore, lol.