Gotham Central wrote:
At the end of the day, Shane, in all of his wild eyed glory ended up mirroring the impatience of the audience. Even within the world of TWC, a character was tired of looking for her. The story needed to drag this out in some way since the endless search for Sophia is a big part of what's been pushing Shane ever closer to the edge.
That's a pretty good point. Shane's impatience, Carol's resignation, Daryl's optimism (suddenly dashed)-- none of that would have been nearly as well-developed if they looked in the barn after, say, four episodes.