With less than a week left before the new episodes start, I felt I needed to let my nerd out for a bit. Now this is strictly from a fan point of a view and it will contains spoilers from the comic series. These spoilers may or may not have anything to do with the show since they have gone down a few different paths to make it so it isn't too similar, as well as leaving openings for unexpectedness, but anyone who has read the comics (or knows someone that has) will know probably a little bit of what I am talking about.
I only started reading the comics after the second season. Granted, I didn't start watching the show until the mid 2nd season break but I was hooked in the first 3 minutes of the opening scene. I started reading the comics by the end of the second season and I haven't missed an issue yet.
With that being said, I have seen them tip-toe through a lot of the pages and give the characters an on screen portrayal that had me all giddy like a dog asking for the treat held just out of reach. The writers have been doing a relatively good job thus far this year and making up for a lot of bad calls they've made from time to time. That's just my opinion but I compare it to my girlfriend's obsession with everything Game of Thrones. While I watch her show and listen to her go "That happens in the book!" I felt such joy in sitting there watching the episode where the hunters catch Bob, going "Tainted Meat! Tainted Meat! He fucking said it!" at the top of my lungs.
Since I enjoy the comics so much and I have a microscopic distaste when they drift so far off the comic storyline, here's a list of a few things I would like to see since they are doing a great job with their scripts this season. LAST WARNING! This WILL contain a lot of spoilers from the comics that may or may not be incorporated into the show. Please do not continue reading if you do not want to know certain things. You have been warned.
1. Someone needs to lose an eye
My explanation for this is simple. In the comics, during the back and forth battle with the Governor, there's a moment where things are slightly different in the comics than the show. If you do not know this already, the character of Daryl played by Norman Reedus is not actually in the comics. This character, as well as his brother Merle, was created strictly for the show to have something different. Along with that, something the show has done great with is paying homage to the comics every now and then with little "Easter eggs" that only the comic readers would see.
One of those Easter eggs is that in the comic, Rick is the one that loses his hand. The Governor chops off Rick's hand after he captures him, Glenn, and Michonne. The Governor is a lot more sadistic in the comics than his portrayal onscreen, but they still stuck to the basic facts that he's a psycho. But I digress.
Anyway, Merle losing his hand instead of Rick, in my eyes at least, is the script writers way of keeping that idea in the show but not having the main character go around with such a disability.
Now, with that explanation out of the way, what I want to see them do is have a character lose an eye. In the more recent issues of the comics, there's a bit of a scuffle with a huge herd of walkers and amidst the gunfire, Carl loses an eye. It just gets shot right out of his head. He survives but he goes around missing an eye. Now, they can't have that in the show. Another main character with such a disability. So, someone has to take that bullet. The portrayal of the lost eye, to me, is something I would love to see them attempt.
2. Somebody to love
I stated before that they give little homages to the comics when writing the show. Another example of that is that the character Bob doesn't exist in the comic series either. The character that goes through the "Tainted Meat" scenario is actually Dale. Yup, from Season 1. In the comics, he survives all the way up to this point. Also, he has quite a relationship built up with Andrea as well. Not so much as it was in the show, very much more intimate than that. But shortly after he dies and the group go through a variety of difficulties, an unexpected romance begins to bloom.
Rick and Andrea become an item. A couple. They start banging each other, however you want to say it, it's true. Andrea is still alive up to this point in the comics and she provides a love interest for Rick, which he hasn't had since Lori died (in my opinion, her death portrayed in the show was awesome).
Again, this is a part of the story that happens way later in the comics but someone needs to be there to pick up that slack. The love interest for Rick plays a big part in how he deals with things in the events to come, to me at least.
3. Man up
Something else you may not know, but Tyreese is actually a big part of the series. He is involved from issue 7 of the comics. He is actually who Daryl is in the show, Rick's right hand man. He plays a big role as the muscles and he goes through a lot psychological issues that mean something in the story.
Of course, they didn't involve him until Season 3 but the fact is this: they are portraying him all wrong. He is a hell of a lot tougher in the comics than his 'no violence' approach in the show. Perhaps they are building it up to something but I would love to see him start swinging that hammer a bit more this next half.
4. Get violent
Along with wanting to see Tyreese get a bit more manly, they are going down a terrific path with the character building for Rick. Around this time in the story, he becomes a better leader and he gets a lot more vicious. They seem to be getting there slowly but they should capitalize on it. Rick's prime is right now. This time where they are traveling with no real destination, just surviving like before the prison, he builds a better relationship with Carl and he gives everyone that drive to keep moving forward. And he only has one hand!
5. The Town
We've seen a lot of portrayals for safe havens in the show as well as the comics. Hershel's farm, the prison, even Woodbury, but they all crumbled to the ground fast. (Side note, Terminus isn't in the comics. It's a place strictly made for the show to give The Hunters a better back story.) But at this point in the story and in the progression of the show, our survivors need a place to hold up for awhile. Well, I won't dish out any names for this one but if they lead this next half of the season down the right path, which they should, they will be in a new town.
A small closed off community that creates the first layer of a much larger story. I don't want them to bring it in too soon, but if they like cliffhangers they should definitely save it for the last episode. If they don't, then I don't know what they're planning but I won't like it. I'll still watch, but I won't like it.
Bonus. Something I DON'T want to see.
If there's one thing I've loved about the show it's the simple fact of seeing what's on paper being brought to life. I love movies and TV shows based on books or stories of any kind. I find myself often wanting to read the book before seeing the movie and if I don't then I never see it. I just love how the words can be interpreted into the screen so well. It doesn't always work out of course but when it does, it's awesome.
With that being said, if there is one thing I do not want them to do it is to involve one villain from the comic series: Negan. I know there are a lot who will disagree with me but I know it won't be good. In the comic, Negan is a hell of a lot more sadistic and psychotic than five Governors could be, and they dumbed down that character a lot. His foul mouth alone isn't basic cable friendly and that's a major part of his character. I always said that if [The Walking Dead](series:201193) was on HBO or Starz than they could stick to the comics word for word, shot for shot, and bite for bite. But AMC can't have that, hence the character change for The Governor.
Negan is too brutal for regular television and I feel that if they try to portray him in any way, it's just going to turn out bad.
Well, that's my list. I hope you enjoyed reading it and I hope you didn't have too many things spoiled. If you found anything I wrote interesting or have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know. I enjoy all kinds of feedback. Please remember though that this is simply a perspective article and I'm simply stating my opinion.