For what it's worth, I don't think the farm stuff was boring at all. To me, a bit of down time in some of the episodes is what makes this series seem more genuine, and continues to make the characters more realistic. There hasn't been a 2 minute span in the whole series that has been boring to me... and I'm very picky on my TV shows... this is the only show I've gotten into over the past 7-8 years, other than 24.
Summing up a few recent episodes - up until the fight that Rick and Shane had, I had been pretty sympathetic to Shane. It was when he threw the wrench at Rick that I no longer cared about the character. I knew from the comics that he didn't have much time left (and they really extended his time on the show as compared to the book, which I thought was fine); and was kind of looking forward to seeing him get killed.
But, in a way I also didn't want to see him die. His unpredictable nature really was entertaining - and he always really did seem to want to take care of and nurture Lori and Carl... however, he ain't the dad, and proved to not be the man that he thought he was. He could have had something with Andrea, but he just couldn't accept how things were. I also kind of wish that Rick hadn't been the one to kill him, and instead Carl had killed him like in the comics - BUT, they did pull this off rather well, because now the group is kind of scared of Rick, and he's having to justify his every move now. Even Glenn was bashing Rick! Didn't see that coming... seems the only one who really has Rick's back now is old man Herschel. They'll rally back around Rick later though.
I think the death that's bothered me the most is Dale... I didn't like him even dying at all, I absolutely loved this guy's character... so much more on the screen than in the comics... Andrea also seems to have lately become softer in her personality, I think there will be some reflection later on how she was so rude to Dale... and having just finished graphic novel #15, there is an ending there that kind of surprised me with her, but I also saw it coming... her character has a long way to go... hope they don't kill her off. But I admit, just a few weeks ago, I was downright sick of her.
Funny how things can change so fast in how you feel about characters in this show... just take how bitchy Lori got at the end of Season 2 - I wanted to reach through the screen and slap her. She had no right to treat Rick like that... and even Carol is starting to show a mean side lately... who can blame her though after what she's been through... gotta love Daryl though... man, that character is so cool, if he turns into the "Tyrese" of the group, let's just hope he doesn't end up with the same fate. I would hope that when it's all said and done, he's still standing by Rick.
I can't believe we have to wait now for Season 3... or how addicted that I am to this series... and Michonne's entrance kicked ass.