So, since I woke up about 8 this morning on my day off, I got a few things done & I did a skim-thru marathon of one of my favorite shows & comics, The Walking Dead. I love this show & I can't wait for tomorrow night's new episode, especially after the rewatch I just went through & the memory refresh I just gave myself. Both of the show & the comic. I've realized that they have so much in common, more than I thought before, & I just feel like expressing a few of those things today.
My first post ever on MoviePilot was about TWD & it was mainly focused around what I wanted for this new season, especially the second half. So far, things are going great & I keep hearing people asking "Who's Aaron?!" after last weeks episode. For those of us that are up to date with the comic, we are seeing the set up for the newest trial the group is going to go through but I don't want to get into that right now. This post is truly focused on where the writers have done extremely good work on taking iconic scenes from the comic & creating them into on screen perfection. WARNING: there might be a few spoils in here for either the show watchers or the book readers but in all honesty the majority of what I'm going into is before issue 100 of the comic & they're up to about 140 now so you've had plenty of time to catch up(step up your comic game bro, just saying).
I know I'm probably not the first person who has seen this or written about it but being a fan I feel it's needed that I write about it myself. So heres the Top 7 moments I've chosen to compare & how they were different or spot on with each other.
1. Shane's Death
We all remember the 2 season drama that followed Shane like a shadow that overtook Rick & the group. Of course it was definitely something that all show lovers wanted & because of it, everyone misses Shane. This story concept is directly taken from the comic & rightfully so. It's one of Rick's biggest milestones in the world he wakes up to, at this point. The story idea is straight from the comic but here's the little difference, Shane never see's the farm. This entire story takes up about 2 maybe 3 comics & it's right in the beginning, I'm talking within the first or second volume. The other difference:
Rick actually never kills Shane. It's strictly Carl. He follows them into the woods, when he was supposed to stay at camp but he never listens, & Shane begins this entire speech about how Rick wasn't supposed to be alive. He loved Lori too much & he was willing to kill Rick for her. Problem was, Rick was caught off guard since he didn't have an entire season to build the tension between them. So, Carl stepped up to the plate. The comic's version may be abrupt but Carl having the final shot was definitely something comic fans like myself we're hoping for all while Shane was still alive & being a douche.
2. Tainted Meat!
Probably one of the best moments in the series is when The Hunters eat the tainted leg off of one of the group members. Now, I might have mentioned in my other article that the scene portrayed in the show is directly from the comic but it isn't Bob. Bob actually doesn't exist to my recollection, though he plays a good role for another character I'll discuss later on as well. The tainted meat scene is iconic in the comics & when they brought it to the show, I know I sure as hell jumped in my seat like a cheeky school girl. The only difference is that it's actually Dale's scene.
Yup. Up to this point in the story, Dale is still a viable member of the group. His death in the comics is a lot more meaningful than Bob's for the simple fact that he is one of the originals. Think about it, who's left from the first season in the show? Rick, Carl, Carol, Glenn & Daryl. That's it. In the comics up to this point, both Andrea & Dale play major roles in the story. And don't forget that Daryl isn't even in the comics. This scene & death alone is enough to make you realize that the writers can sometimes pull it off. Sometimes.
Which brings me to my next topic:
3. Hershel's Death.
There is no denying that Hershel was a loved character in the show & some can go back & forth about his comic counterpart. His death took a lot of people off guard but for some of us it was expected & if anything needed. The prison lasted a lot longer in the show than it does in the comic but of course they need to stretch so they have more to dish out to make money. A lot of what happens on the farm & in the prison is spot on but this scene in particular is a major piece of art from the comics. The difference, this isn't supposed to be Hershel, it's supposed to be Tyreese.
I was so happy when they began to incorporate this character into the show but like I stated in my other article, he needed to be more manly. Now, I could've chose his scene when he is swinging the hammer viciously at walkers in the prison gymnasium & compare it to his outburst of rage on the road when their car was being overrun with walkers. But I chose this because the character they build up Hershel to be made his death that much more heartbreaking. Which is why in the comics, this same death when it comes to Tyreese & how they build his character is even worse. His death in the comics is down right momentous compared to the crap they gave him on TV. Damn. I wanted them to do so much more with this character too.
Oh, and don't worry. Hershel dies too,
That one arm, one eyed dude is the comic version of the Governor. Yeah, Michonne fucks him up good. Hershel's death is more out of sorrow for the loss of his children in this overtaking of the prison. As Hershel witnesses his son being killed, he feels no need to live. Thus allowing the Governor to end his misery. Hershel's son plays a bigger part in comparison to the son he had in the show and, vice versa if you will, Beth isn't a major character at all. But the death of everyone but Maggie is too much for him to handle. The only one that survives the prison that is part of that family is Maggie. If she didn't have Glenn, she'd probably have a lot more to grief to deal with on her own.
This entire battle in the comics is so iconic with how many deaths actually happen & it's on screen portrayal does live up to it, especially when the tank rolls in, but here is another something else that happened within the prisons time span.
4. Tyreese's daughter.
Once again, Tyreese plays such a big role in the comic that is not portrayed in the show and to me that sucked a lot. I don't know why but Tyreese means so much to the story. Here's a little bit of a swap out of characteristics for ya. In the comic, Tyreese has a daughter named Julie. They become a part of Ricks group from before the farm all the way up to the prison. During their time there, they go through the ups and downs but she takes her own life in a suicide pact she makes with her boyfriend.
Unfortunately, he backs out last minute so she just winds up dying. The boyfriend I feel is who Bob portrays in the show but they don't make them teenagers with stupid ideas.
Her death sends Tyreese down a rabbit hole of anger and depression that is only cured by a love interest later on, but that's not what I'm getting into here. My point is she doesn't exist at all in the show. Instead, the character always by Tyreese's side is his sister, Sasha, who isn't involved in the comic at all.
Still giving Tyreese a family member was a good call but the swap in characteristics is that after his daughter dies, he becomes unable to manage his temper and he finds it hard to mourn her loss. After Tyreese's death, Sasha seems to have picked up those same characteristics in his place. Hopefully she lives up to the character Tyreese should've been.
5 & 6. Lori's death & the prison war
While it was sad and heart warming, Lori's death in the show might have not been as iconic as hers in the comic but it was definitely what was safe for tv. The big issue I have with a lot of this show is simple: it shouldn't be on AMC. This show should've been put on showtime or HBO so it could portray the grittier and more violent atmosphere the comic sets up for you. I'm not saying the show isn't good, far from it. I'm just saying that the show could be so much better. For example. Lori's death actually happens during the overtaking of the prison.
It is single handedly the most shocking thing that has ever happened in the comic. Not only is it Lori that dies but do you notice she is holding something. Yup. That's Judith. Lori survives her birth and lives long enough to see the prison crumble but she unfortunately crumbles with it. As she is trying to escape, the Governor demands that one of his riflemen gun her down. The woman who does it is hesitant at first but listens then realizes the mistake she has made when they notice the dead baby. This woman, in a furious rage, takes out the Governor on her own.
Though it is too late, the damage is already done. There is some debate to whether its the bullet that kills the baby or if Lori's lifeless body crushes her but either way the unfortunate fact is the baby does not survive after the prison. Which kind of makes sense cause how can you keep a baby healthy and alive during the zombie apocalypse, or even change her diaper. But the show couldn't do that otherwise they would probably have a thousand protesters all taking it seriously like they killed an actual baby. But instead the show gave us that bloody baby chair and left us hanging by a thread til they revealed that she was rescued by Tyreese.
The other iconic part of this battle both in the comics and the show plus my reason for putting these 2 together is the end result. In the show, we saw all of our loved characters separated without a plan or a place to go. Right at the very end, there is a scene where Carl & Rick are leaving together and Rick is all battered from the fight so Carl is helping him as best as he can when all Rick tells him is "Don't look back Carl...just...don't".
This moment has so much meaning behind in the comic as well as the show. Rick saying not to look back isn't just pointed at the destruction of their home but he is also saying not to look back at the death of his mother and sister. If they stayed and attempted to mourn or get revenge they would lose and Rick knew that. They needed to move forward. Whether she died or they assumed she did, them moving forward together is all that mattered at that point.
Rick is full of leadership and drive and that's why people look to him to keep moving forward. Now, after last weeks line drop for "We are the walking dead" that had everyone on the internet in an uproar since this line is so big in the comic world, here is another big line and the last bit of my list.
7. They're _ _ _ _ing with the wrong people!
Hands down, one of my favorite scenes in the show and such a good cliffhanger to have you begging for more, was the end of season 4. As the group is locked in a train car at the unknown Terminus, Rick drops this line to rally the troops behind him.
Though this line is definitely blood pumping it doesn't compare at all to it's comic counterpart.
In the comic, this was addressed to a different group called The Hunters. Now the people in Terminus later become The Hunters so this lines placement is accurate but its on screen portrayal is obviously changed for basic cable and it makes it very underwhelming, like watching Scarface on TBS. The one little words puts so much more meaning behind it and it fills you with a passion of "Fuck Yeah! Get em RIck!" but I get why they changed it and it was still good. This line is iconic and it lands at the top of my list because it was brought to my attention that on the DVD for season 4, there is an alternate scene for the ending which, well....let me show you.
Now, I am a school girl again. Hearing this line in its rightful tone just sends chills through me and gets me pumped for tomorrow nights episode. The words are a big deal and if you don't think they are, imagine if they called Katniss Everdeen the Firegirl instead of The Girl on Fire. It makes a big difference.
Well, thats my list. My next article is already in the works and don't worry it won't be about The Walking Dead. I do hope you enjoyed my article and I hope you found it worth while. I do hope I didn't spoil anything and if I did than I'm sorry but season 5 is almost over and the comics have been coming out for years so you should've been caught up by now. Just saying. I love the show and the comic and I love expressing my opinions in regards to their comparisons. All my articles are self opinionated and you should always take them with a grain of salt. Before I go...
Once again, I love all kinds of feedback.