I had a similar thought on Rick/Pete fight but it seems like he was losing at times, and I can't see him letting it get that close is all. He should've just beat Pete solidly, IMO. They could've shown him struggle to not kill him a number of ways. Have Pete come at rick with a shard of the window even? Make him out to be even more or a dillhole. I just hated him having any real one on one advantage. Drives me batty. Guy beat Shane! And that was a long time ago when Rick wasn't as hardened.
I'm curious how the finale will set up next season. It's gonna be interesting for sure. I figured they'd have established the new threat more by now honestly.
The problem is that once they introduce the "new threat" they're done. They're out of material. They are very close to catching up to the comic now. The next bad guy is the last one. I think they need at least another season of "Farmer Rick" type filler to let the comic forge ahead into some new territory.
And I haven't seen any casting scoop for that role so I am guessing that person will not be in the finale at least.