But it doesn't do this. How long did it take Michione (?) to do anything, what about black prison inmate and older white prison inmate? They've done nothing for those characters. What about Herschel's other daughter, the blonde one? She's been in for over a season now and we know nothing about her at all.
I don't see this great storytelling either. Just saying that it's supposed to be a serialised show doesn't mean it's well written.
Why shouldn't I expect much from a TV Show? Why set low standards when we have TV like GoT and Breaking Bad? Sure not everything is going to be as good as those two, but that doesn't mean they can't reach that level, or at least try.
The problem is that these parts are the best part of the show and without them it falls apart due to the poor characters (outside a handful) and dialogue. It's getting better. This season has, as said, has got the mix right, but it can be so much better, which is why it is so frustrating.