Robert Kirkman confirmed the fates of two characters from The Walking Dead. However, Kirkman, the creator of the show and comics, hasn’t been trying to stop many major characters from reaching their demise. The comics and the television show have been very different, keeping fans on the edge of their seats as to whether or not their favorite character makes it from one episode to the next.
In fact, he has stated he welcomed major changes being made to the narrative for the hit show. Although the major story arcs have somewhat been unchanged, many characters on the show have gone in different directions from their comic book counterpart.
One notable difference is Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). Carl became the central character of the comic books and, once Rick Grimes became older and injured, the future of The Walking Dead. Had the show followed the same course, viewers would have seen Carl take a much more central role on the show.
Kirkman recently appeared on Hey Fandom! and had this to say about his comic book characters and how they transfer to the television show.
“It seems like it’s an absolute nightmare [to have other writers deconstruct his story], but it was really great and rewarding to have them go, ‘This story worked because of this, and we can change this this way because of that, and this really worked well, and we can make it better by adding this’.”
“There are moments where I would say, ‘Okay, we need to keep this one pretty close, and everybody would agree.’ I don’t want fans to think I was some kind of madman tearing my material apart. I very much considered myself a steward of the brand and to try and protect these stories – not that they need any protecting, per se – but just to pay tribute to the fans that have supported the material.”
“There are things in The Walking Dead that a Walking Dead fan is definitely going to want to see adapted into the show, and we try to do that as much as possible,” he said. “So there are things that did get adapted directly, it wasn’t all completely throw caution to the wind. But there were so many times where I’d be like, ‘Just kill ’em, it’ll be great. They were a big character in the comic, but [it will] blow people away if they die after two episodes. It’ll be hilarious, let’s do that.’”
If the television show followed the exact course of the comic books, it’s possible that it would become too predictable, too spoilery, and just uninteresting. The differences kept, and continue to keep, fans interested.
Many fans have parted the show as major characters have left, such as Glenn (Steven Yeun), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), and Carl.
Have the changes made to The Walking Dead been positive? Some certain, but with fans citing the untimely loss of many of their favorite characters, it can be argued that the changes have not been in the best interest of the show.
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