The Walking Dead: Top 10 Character differences between screen and print

Walking Dead

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One of the most popular shows on television right now is AMC’s The Walking Dead. What many people may not know is that the hit show started from the humble beginnings of a comic book. The comic book quickly gained a cult following and it’s easy to see why. The comics have just as much shock value and great writing as the television show, and in many ways it is even more shocking. Since so many people are not familiar with the content of the comic book Walking Dead universe; I have decided to count down the top 10 most notable differences between comic book and TV show. This article will contain spoilers for both sources of material, so if you’re not caught up and don’t want to have any surprises ruined, then I suggest that you stop reading right now.

Alright guys, if you’re still with me that means’ that you are either completely caught up with both genres of the story, or that you simply wish to keep reading. Either way, here is my list of the top 10 character differences between The Walking Dead comic and television show. Also, if this post is a hit, I will be sure to do another list, as there is way more than 10 differences to talk about.

Name: Difference:
10) Dale Up first on the list is Dale. You may remember him as the guy on the other side of the fence from the show Home Improvement. (Come on… that hat… and he’s always got sage advice) Both in the comics and in the TV show, Dale was the mack daddy of the Apocalypse. He Spent the beginning of both series shacked up with two young sisters. Dale was a pivotal character in both genres, but in different ways. In the TV show version Dale is killed by walkers at the Greene’s farm. The reason this is significant for the show is not the way that he died. It’s the fact that he died at all. You see, Dale lived much longer in the comic book series. In fact, Dale and Andrea were an item right up until the cannibals showed up. Dale’s early death on the television series represented the first significant shift between the two genres. And set the stage for someone else to suffer that fate. Remember that whole Bob and Sasha heartfelt goodbye scene in the show? That was inspired by the comic book scene where Dale suffers the same fate and Andrea was the one who had to say goodbye.
9) Sophia After an entire season of the show had been dedicated to looking for her, and in perhaps one of the most shocking twist of events in television history; The Walking Dead revealed that poor Sophia had been inside the Greenes’ barn the entire time… dead. This was a HUGE shift from her storyline in the comic books. If the show had stuck with her storyline, she would be living with Glenn and Maggie in Alexandria right now, calling them Mom and Dad. (More on that in a minute.) I have begun to suspect that Enid may be taking her place in the show, as she’s a romantic interest to Carl and due to her connection with Glenn and Maggie.
8) Lori and Judith I believe that most people will agree with me when I say that Lori was just an awful character on the show. However, her demise occurred in two very different ways. One of which, Judith, is effecting the plot of the show to this day. In the television show, her water breaks during an epic scene where they’re hiding from walkers. Due to complications, Maggie has to cut the baby out of her, and this leaves Lori to die during childbirth and Carl having to kill her. Judith lives through the trauma and is still alive and well up to the current episode of the show. This is not so, unfortunately, in the comic book universe. In print, Lori gives birth to baby Judith with no complications. However, the bundle of joy and her mother both met a devastating demise at the hands of The Governor’s people. Attempting to flee an onslaught of bullets, a frantic Lori clings to her newborn and makes a break for the inside of the prison. Sadly, she is hit right in the stomach with a rifle blast and falls down dead… right on top of the baby.
7) The Greene Family I could probably write an entire post concerning the differences between with this family in print and screen. So be prepared for a long one. We’ll start with the general Greene family in the show. Hershel’s family mostly die off in the tragic events that befell the farm. He, Maggie and Beth make it to the prison safely. In the comic books, his entire family make it safely to the prison. Sadly, in the comic book run Hershel and his children are picked off one by one, in many tragic ways, leaving only Maggie alive. Hershel had two younger daughters who were killed horrifically at the hands of one of the prison inmates. Next, his son was shot in the head attempting to flee the same onslaught that killed Lori. Finally, having been trying to save his son and then realizing he had been shot, a broken hearted Hershel gives up and begs The Governor to just kill him already… to which he gladly obliges. Hershel dies at the hands of The Governor on the show as well, only in a different way. He and Michonne are captured by the season’s antagonist while outside the prison walls. Hershel is beheaded with Michonne’s sword. With that all out of the way, there is one huge difference in the screen Greene family and that is Beth Greene. Beth has no comic book counterpart. She’s not the first original character in the show (more on that in a minute too.) But she did play a large part in the series. Living past the attack on the prison, She and Daryl have an adventure and she ends up being taken. She ultimately dies in a tragic twist of fate during a prisoner exchange at the hospital. As a side note, Maggie’s character hasn’t changed much between the two medias. One minor difference in her storyline is that in the comic books, she tries to hang herself after her family is killed.
6) Andrea The character of Andrea should be considered two completely different characters when comparing the two storylines. In the comic books, Andrea is a badass, rifle-toting, sure-shot with a scar across her cheek from having her mouth cut open. She currently resides with Rick and Carl at home in Alexandria. This couldn’t be farther from who we get to see played out on screen. TV show Andrea is weak, gullible, slightly stupid and has a thing for The Governor. This stupidity, despite multiple warnings and pleadings from Michonne, is what gets her killed. Had she still been alive, Sasha and Michonne’s stories would be different; as both characters have received separate parts of her current comic book story.
5) Tyrese Tyrese or Madame Tyrese, as I began to call the television character, is another on the list that could and should be considered two completely different characters. In print, Tyrese was introduced much earlier, along with his teenage daughter and her boyfriend. Neither of those two characters existed on screen, instead we get Sasha and those other people who didn’t last long enough for me to remember their names. During his time in the comics, he begins a romantic fling with Carol, experiences the loss of his daughter, cheats on Carol with Michonne and finally, ends up being beheaded by The Governor. This death, as I’ve mention, played out on TV with the character of Hershel instead. On television, Tyrese survives the attack on the prison and meets up with Lizzie, Mika, Judith and Carol. He is shown to be both strong against walkers and weak against people. He is ultimately killed off by walkers right before the group reaches Alexandria.
4) Lizzie and Mika Lizzie and Mika appear after the Woodberry people join the prison. Their father is killed off after a plague sweeps through the jailhouse. They’re ultimately adopted by Carol, but get separated from her when Carol is exiled. The group meet up again along the road to Terminus. This is where we begin to figure out who Lizzie and Mika’s comic book counterparts are. In the comics they’re younger twin boys by the name of Ben and Billy who are left in the care of Andrea and Dale after their parents are killed. The deaths play out in very similar ways with Lizzie killing Mika on the show then being tragically shot by poor Carol. However, it was Carl that killed the other brother in the comic books.
3) Abraham Abraham’s storyline plays out almost shot for shot in both stories. The first key difference in his story comes only as recently as the last couple of episodes. In the comics, he leaves Rosita for an Alexandria native named Holly. If you don’t remember her from the show, it’s because she was only on one episode. You may remember her as the patient Denise couldn’t save. Anyway, with her out of the way in the show, Abraham falls for Sasha instead. This could potentially be setting Sasha up for Holly’s comic book fate, but I’m not so sure. The reason I believe this might not be the case is thanks to this most recent episode. In the comic books Abraham is shot through the eye with an arrow while out on a run with Eugene… Does this sound familiar yet? If so, it’s because this scene just played out on screen last Sunday. Sadly, it was Denise, not Abraham, who got hit by Daryl’s crossbow. Now, how does this effect Sasha? Well, Holly died because she sacrificed herself against Negan’s forces because of grief caused by the death of Abraham. Since Denise is the one that dies on the show, I’m afraid it may be Tara who sacrifices herself.
2) Daryl Number two on the list and easily one of the biggest key difference in the two stories, is none other than fan-favorite Daryl Dixon. He is a character who is completely original to the television show. He’s had no significant story plots to match with the comic books either. Over the course of the show we see him grow from a younger brother who would do whatever he’s told, into one of the most badass archers you’ll come across in any story. He stole people’s hearts with his ceaseless search for little Sophia. He broke our hearts when he found his dead brother Merle as a walker. We’ve waited for six long seasons for him to declare his  undying love to Carol and for the two to live happily ever after. Every time the two characters are on screen together it’s pure magic. Which leads us to my number one pick….
1) Carol Finally, I round my list off with the biggest difference between the two versions of the story. Carol Peltier, my personal favorite character on the show. She’s another one of the characters who is only loosely based on their comic book counterpart. Her story in the comics is short. After a brief love affair, Tyrese cheats on her with Michonne then leaves her. She attempts suicide and is comforted by Lori. This leads comic Carol to try to pursue a romantic threesome with Lori and Rick. After being turned down, a heartbroken Carol walks out into the prison yard and embraces a walker, asking it if it will love her. She leaves her daughter Sophia without so much as a thought. We already know that in the show it was Sophia, not carol, who met their demise. This leads to extraordinary character development for her. Over the course of the show she has killed sick prisoners to protect her people from the plague, been exiled and survived on her own for an extended period of time, adopted two surrogate daughters losing one and killing the other, blown up a camp of cannibals, protected Alexandria from the Wolves singlehandedly and just recently killed an entire group of people with the help of Maggie.

Author: LiamClark88

Aspiring freelance writer from a small town in Kentucky. There aren't many writing opportunities around here, so I am trying to branch out online and do what I love to do.

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