Top 10 Differences Between The The Walking Dead Comic and TV Show

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Top 10 Differences between the Comic and the TV Series of The Walking Dead Wait a minute, that’s not supposed to happen! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Differences between the Comic and the TV Series of The Walking Dead.

While The Walking Dead TV show follows the same general progression of the comics, certain deviations continually surprise viewers. Character roles are changed, some deaths that occur in the comics don’t happen in the show and vice versa, as well as the addition or omission of certain characters altogether. We’ll be taking a look at all the comic issues to date, as well as all the episodes, so there will be spoilers throughout. You have been warned.

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Top 10 Differences between the Comic and the TV Series of The Walking Dead
Wait a minute, that’s not supposed to happen! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Differences between the Comic and the TV Series of The Walking Dead.

While The Walking Dead TV show follows the same general progression of the comics, certain deviations continually surprise viewers. Character roles are changed, some deaths that occur in the comics don’t happen in the show and vice versa, as well as the addition or omission of certain characters altogether. We’ll be taking a look at all the comic issues to date, as well as all the episodes, so there will be spoilers throughout. You have been warned.

#10: The CDC Ending of Season One

The first season of the show ends with the group paying a visit to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory in the hopes of finding a cure. Doctor Jenner proceeds to tell them that there is no cure, and that it’s all better to die close to one another in a controlled blast, then out there and ravaged by zombies, which most of the group is totally not okay with and leave before the facility’s subsequent explosion. Before his death, Jenner is the one who informs Rick that everyone is infected. No matter how you die, you emerge as a walker.

#9: Sophia’s Fate

The bulk of season two of the show was set on Hershel’s farm, and from a storytelling point of view, one of the primary reasons was that the group had to look for Sophia. In a heartbreaking midseason finale, her fate is revealed, having been turned into a walker and subsequently shot. Surprisingly, in the comics, she doesn’t die at all. She forms a bond with Maggie and Glenn and becomes their adopted daughter after her mother’s death. She and Carl are particularly close, also. Currently, she lives at the Hilltop.

#8: Tyreese’s Death

Arguably one of the saddest deaths in the entire TV series, Tyreese fights for the will to live after his arm is chopped off by Michonne to stop the spread of infection via walker bite. Hallucinating, he sees other deceased characters telling him it’s okay to give in, and he dies of blood loss. It highlights the fact that no matter how strong or attentive one can be, you should never let your guard down. Interestingly, in the comics, he has a death that mimics Hershel’s from the show, where the Governor slowly and horrifically beheads him using Michonne’s katana.

#7: Lori’s Death

Another entry with a drastic variant between the TV series and the Comics, Lori’s death is significantly different. Her death in the show was definitely sad, dying at childbirth, with her son shooting her in the head before reanimation. In the comics, she has baby Judith with no real complications and proceeds to be an extremely protective mother to her, as one would undoubtedly be in a zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately, while escaping The Governor’s invasion, she and Judith are shot down by one of his soldier’s, killing them both.

#6: Hershel’s Farm

We touched on this briefly earlier, but to a lot of viewers’ annoyance, season 2 of the show spent a lot of time on Hershel’s farm, and by a lot of time, we mean pretty much the entire season. While it did allow for some significant character development, a lot of the action dwindled. Things transpire a little differently on the farm while Rick and co stay there in the comics. Hershel finds Glenn and Maggie in bed together and then kicks the group out only after staying there a short while. Soon after, they find the prison, as seen in the third season of the show.

#5: Rick and Michonne Instead of Rick and Andrea

If you’re caught up with the show, you know Rick and Michonne are now in a romantic relationship together, and it’s so far going really well. Their individual strengths complement one another. But in the comics, Rick’s heart belongs to another. No, not Lori’s. After Lori’s death, Andrea, who is still alive in the comics and is, in fact, a master sharpshooter, steals Rick’s heart and moves in with him, and while they sometimes come at odds in regards to Rick’s leadership, they generally have a loving and warm relationship. Oh yeah, Andrea is still very much alive.

#4: Abraham’s Death

Much to viewers’ surprise, Abraham suffered the same fate as Glenn in the show’s season 7 premier, working as a bait and switch to make audiences think Glenn was safe. Anyone familiar with the comics would have recognized that Denise’s death in the show mimics Abraham’s supposed death. In the comics, Abraham is shot through the back of the head by Dwight with an arrow in the middle of a speech, but he manages to finish what he was saying before collapsing, as was the same with Denise.

#3: Carol’s Strength

Carol’s strength in the show is a result of the hardships she went through, in particular, the death of her daughter, Sophia. She quickly adapted to the new world, doing what ever it took to survive and protect the group. The comic version of Carol, on the other hand, remained the meek and dependent woman seen at the beginning of the show. She never develops into the zombie and human killing expert. Interestingly, she tries to involve herself in a three-person sexual relationship with Rick and Lori, and after facing rejection allows herself to be bitten by a walker. Hard to picture such a drastic change in character, but it is a testament to the writers of both mediums.

#2: Rick’s Hand

Rick’s hand gets chopped off by the Governor in the comics. Yep, you heard us. He loses his hand quite early in the series, which changes the whole dynamic of Rick’s character. Fans have been wondering when this incident would occur in the show, and after a few close calls, Rick still has his hand. In the season 7 premiere, Rick is almost forced by Negan to cut off his son, Carl’s arm, and pleads for it to be his own arm instead.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Andrea’s Romantic Relationship with Dale
Psycho Shane

#1: The Existence of Daryl Dixon

It’s interesting to see how much of a fan favorite Daryl has become, especially since his character, along with Beth and Merle’s were created specifically for the show. Starting as a rather annoying and troublesome character in season 1, Daryl has grown tremendously as both a person and capable warrior, often acting as Rick’s right-hand man. Wielding his iconic crossbow, he takes the lead in a lot of violent situations. With every impending death on the show, we pray it isn’t Daryl’s turn. As fans say, if he dies, they riot, and no one wants either to happen.
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