Eh, Grant basically did the same thing in RIP. Going after Alfred seems to be the quickest way for a writer to show that Batman is facing a threat MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER BEFORE!
Have to agree. And one of two things can happen: they kill him, until they bring him back or retcon things again; or he escapes harm.
Batman is my favorite comics character (well I mean, aside from the Flaming Carrot, I guess), but I think after around 75 years of continuously publishing stories about him, maybe the well is starting to run dry.