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The Walking Dead - Book vs. TV Show

November 28, 2011 - Amy Phelps
On Sunday, the mid-season finale ran for the AMC show, "The Walking Dead," based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman. And what a shocking last moment in the episode, not the least of which is because it never happened in the book!

That's always the strangeness about watching a movie/television show that is based on a book (or series.) Characters change, new characters are added, some characters never show up, big plot points never happen, other plot points do, couples never get together while others you never expected to do. And in the Walking Dead, some characters haven't died yet (when they should have by now) and other characters that are still walking around in the books are no longer doing so.

I re-read the first hardback collected volume of "The Walking Dead" by Kirkman with art by Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard ($29.99, Image Comics.) It collects issues 1-12 of the book and pretty much runs up to what we've seen so far in the show (give or take.) Rick wakes up in the hospital, goes looking for his wife and son, finds zombies, and eventually finds them along with his best friend and a small group of survivors, hiding outside of the overrun city. They come upon Hershel and the farm in much the same manor as the show, and the barn proves to be dangerous. There's a few major differences, like the CDC incident that happened in the show did not in the book and there's a cool section in the book where the group thinks they've found shelter in a gated community only to find it overrun, but a couple of the major ones involves characters that are killed off (or aren't.)

Overall, I can enjoy the book and the TV show as two separate stories, mostly because of differing characters. The character I enjoy the most in the show isn't in the book, and the character I enjoy the most in the books so far is very different in the show. (Which is a bit sad, I admit, but I have hopes that some day, unless they get killed off too, circumstances will change them into the person I like.)

So other fans of the book, what do you think of the show? How do you think it compares?


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