August 1st, 2014
The Walking Dead is everywhere. Channels showing it can be found on this website and pretty much all over. But how does it stack up with the source material? Comparing the “Walking Dead” TV show and comic shows a lot of similarities and differences. The show loosely follows the Robert Kirkman monthly comic book making changes in the interest of view-ability as well as adaption to the television medium. In some cases, details are left out while in other cases scenarios and characters are fleshed out for better or worse.
Fans of the comic book enjoy the show while staying on their viewing toes to spot the differences and enhancemnets that make the show a great experience for hard-core Kirkman fans along with the general public.
Kirkman himself has been a part of the TV show and says some details from the comic book absolutely must be included in the show to maintain storyline integrity but details also may be changed as far as sequence. New characters have been introduced to enhance the TV mix, he says, because small adjustments make the show even more interesting and compelling for viewers not acquainted with the original comic.
The biggest change in season two was the introduction of the Shane character. The comic book went through an entirely different chain of events for Shane. However, Kirkman said the show’s writers took that character up a notch, giving him an affair with Andrea and added conflict with Dale who is killed earlier than in the comic.
Another second season change was the focus on Sophia. While her storyline was key in season one, she disappeared after that.