Rick's closing speech of the Season 2 finale of "The Walking Dead" officially introduced the ricktatorship to the survivors and let them know that all decisions would be his to make. The group would not be a democracy anymore as Rick believed he was the only one who could make the correct decisions for the group. The ricktatorship is very important for the show and the development of the characters.
ChallengesWith Shane out of the way, Andrea is the only current person who might be interested in challenging the ricktatorship as she is the only independent thinker in the group. Rick's unquestionable leadership gives the writer's the opportunity to bring someone else to the forefront to post a challenge to Rick. Glenn and Maggie simply want to work on their relationship while Hershel, Daryl, and Carol have not shown any interest in straying from what Rick wants. Lori, T-Dogg, or even Carl could easily be developed into challenges for Rick's self-imposed crown.
Rick's DoubtThe comics have done a good job in progressing Rick's self-doubt over the years as he questions his ability to lead whenever someone dies or the group's security is compromised. Rick's self-doubt has been touched upon in the show, but not to the extent in the comic. More doubt would add another layer to Rick's character. Remember, character development is more important to "The Walking Dead" than the walkers.
The GovernorThe Governor becomes more important in the comics as he gives Rick his only decent challenge and refuses to let go. A new aspect of The Governor's evil is addressed since he believes he is higher on the food chain than Rick. If the creators of the TV show want to make The Governor as evil on TV as he is in the comics, all of the aspects of his character should be addressed. At the same time, The Governor brings out the worst in Rick so it would make sense that the ricktatorship would be an important aspect of the show.
Rick Overcoming HimselfAs Rick develops in the comics, he realizes how damaging the ricktatorship is to the group and to himself. While the group might not be able to overcome the zombies in the long-term, Rick is able to overcome his personal demons of self-doubt when he realizes he does not need to lead alone. The progression of the same storyline on TV would continue to make "The Walking Dead" one of the best shows on TV.
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