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The Walking Dead Creators On Lifting An Episode From The Comic

AMC’s The Walking Dead has pulled many characters and plots from Robert Kirkman’s comic of the same name but it’s also ventured into new territory. So what can we expect from Season 4? Hit the jump to find out. 

Considering I won’t be returning to watch this season, I’m happy to read any and all information about where they’re taking the story this without ruining anything for myself. Your mileage may vary so beware of spoilers ahead.

The Hollywood Reporter got 14 teasers from the creators. Here’s the one I find most interesting:

While the series is taking the above remix approach, EP Greg Nicotero previewed that an episode coming up later in the year is “almost verbatim” with one issue of the comic. “It’s really fascinating to make those slight departures, introduce new characters and then get to a situation where you take one episode and you really stick to the source material. You’ll be surprised about the way the characters lay out.”

I know others feel differently, but I’m the type of person who longs for adaptations to be translated direction to the screen. They rarely are, so I may just find myself watching at least one episode this season. While Merle has one less hand than he used to, many are still wondering if Rick will share his dilemma, a key scene in the comics.

While Rick and the Governor (David Morrissey) are yet to have their epic face-off — the first of which in the comics [SPOILER ALERT] ends with the former’s hand being brutally chopped off — [Dave] Alpert says that may still be in the cards. “It was one of those things where, given all the other things going on [in season three], we decided it was too much to put on. That’s not to say we’re not going to do it later, but there’s too much of a burden.” Adds [Andrew] Lincoln with a smirk: “I keep saying we should do it, so maybe that’s going to happen!”

And apparently there’s something else looming besides The Governor and walkers in Season 4. New showrunner Scott Gimple said, ”It’s someone we haven’t seen before. Someone unusual; you can’t stab them in the face, you can’t reason with it. It’s a force that would be dangerous in this world and in the world of The Walking Dead, it’s terrifying.”


(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Anonymous

    Kirkman has mentioned before how he kind of regretted Rick losing his hand because it forced him to limit his main character and sometimes ‘cheat’ with what Rick is capable of. Which is really unfortunate when it’s probably one of the most interesting things the comic has done. Especially in light of recent issues when Carl mentions that seeing how his dad coped with a disability gives him a role model for coping with…a thing.

    So no, I expect that we’ll never see that in the show.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    While I haven’t liked every episode, and I still have a huge issue with the often misognyst writing of female characters, (Only Mischonne and Season 3 Carol seem to not be written as complete idiots with any real character development), I actually DO like that the TV series takes a different path, because if it was just a verbatim adaptation of the comic it’d just be Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake.

  • Jodilyn

    I think that at the first SDCC they said they weren’t going to wuss out on the hard stuff of the show. I think they already did with Carl/Shane and Lori/baby (thankfully on that last one). I think that the dispatching of the Governor by * was another one, and I’d vote for that shocker for the copy episode. I really don’t want the cut hand to make it into TWD:tv just because it’s one of the things that helps me think of them as alternate universes and keep them separate