Robert Kirkman, the man we have to thank for giving us [The Walking Dead](series:201193), has revealed his one major regret about the television series adaptation, and it happened way back in the Season 1 finale at the CDC.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman spoke about what he'd do differently if they did Season 1 a second time around:
If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have done the CDC episode [at the end of season one]. It possibly gave away too much information and was such a big change very early on in the series.
The information that Kirkman is speaking about was the revelation in the Season 1 finale, that all the survivors were already infected. Though it was a great end to the very first season, it was quite different to the comic series when the group didn't learn this information until issue 15. In the comic series the group weren't explicitly told the information, but worked it out when Tyreese's daughter, Julie kills herself in a suicide pact with her boyfriend Chris, and then returns from the dead as a walker, without ever having being bit.
Kirkman went on to say that although "it ended up being a fun episode," there were other regrets he had with it, namely talk about a cure, and the glimmer of hope that perhaps French scientists held the key, as they were the only ones who remained in their labs during the outbreak:
I probably would have changed that stuff...I've been careful in the comic series to not say what's happening in other parts of the world. It's something that's going to be fun to explore in the spinoff series. But the fact that France is mentioned in that episode and other things like that, I probably would have steered away from that stuff if I had to do it all over again.
It does seem like since the initial mention of a potential cure being found in France, talk of other countries, let alone other countries which may have the cure has been dropped. In my opinion I think this isolation works well for the show currently, though it'll be interesting to see how the new spinoff series will handle it.
I definitely would be curious to see what the show would look like if the big revelation that everyone was infected had been held off longer. Perhaps everyone (including the audience) could have made the connection in Season 2, when Shane killed Randall, who then reanimated. What do you think?