I think they could've taken a lesson from True Blood. They wrap up their seasons like it's only contained series and re-introduce a villain every season. We could've gone this year with the farmers versus the townfolk or something.
And if you are going to have a character like Maxine, have her be a little more reserved. She looks like she's been running the town, yet we've never heard of her. Maybe she's biding her time, doing little things, not running a damn fight club.