The Walking Dead series creator and showrunner don't always see eye to eye when creating each episode, but not for the reason you might think. Fans might understand if it were Kirkman who were upset about the show skewing far away from the original source material of the comics in Season 3, but, in a surprising twist, it was the other way around.
That being said, the pair of creative minds behind the show told TVGuide.com that the upcoming Season 4, which will be unveiled to fans at Comic-Con this weekend, will adhere much more closely to the comics than any season before. Said Kirkman:
Comic book fans that think the show has steered away from the comics completely will be pleasantly surprised by Season 4. Honestly, some of the closest adaptations of the comic have happened thus far is in Season 4. There are some very cool things that are told in the comics that...are adapted almost directly, which I usually frown upon. But Scott Gimple is able to talk me into things from time to time. The dynamic is usually Scott going 'Wait, no! This is in the comics was cool,' and me going 'No! I'm bored with that! Let's do something new.' He's won over a couple of times in Season 4. There will be some things that will be directly pulled from the comics that start creeping in very early in Season 4. I think comic book fans don't know what to expect which is the best possible place to be in.
Gimple, on the other hand, tries his best to return to the well of original source material and is excited the show will be returning to its roots in the upcoming season:
I think it's something I've always done and something I've always striven to do. Some of the moments I've written on the show that I felt really, really psyched about, like Sophia coming out of the barn or Rick on the phone in the episode 'Hounded,' are kind of from the comic book. Sophia never came out of the barn in the comic book, but Hershel's family came out of the barn. It affected Hershel the same way as it did on the show. The way I always approached it is that it's a remix of the comic book. It's taking great stuff and, because we have departed from the comic book in so many ways, being true to the moments, but in different ways. As a fan, it can be really exciting because you recognize it and you know it, but it's in a way that will surprise you and you wouldn't see coming.
With all the hype surrounding Season 4 of The Walking Dead, it's no wonder fans are already counting down the days until it airs again on AMC in October.
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