The Walking Dead is easily one of the most popular TV shows around at the moment. Spawned from a very popular comic book the show has pulled in new fans to the franchise and many consider the comics to be spoilers, but are they? With the core group at the Alexandria Safe Zone by the end of series 5 we now have enough to compare the comics to the TV show to see if they are actually spoilers. The easiest way is to look at the characters and see how death scenes have either changed or stayed the same.
Character death is something we know we will see in the TV show, and part of the excitement is who will be next. Even characters you would normally class as safe are not safe as we saw back in series 3 when fans were shocked by the reality of a woman having a child without the aid of modern medicine. Lori Grimes gave her life so her baby could live.
Carl even added to our pain by having to shoot his dead mother in the head to stop her from becoming a walker herself, but baby Judith was alive and ready to meet her new family. Well needless to say the comic were not as dramatic as the TV show when Lori gave birth. In fact she survived and held her new daughter in her arms. Don't go thinking it was a happily ever after in the comics, as Lori and the baby were both killed by Lilly during the Governors second attack on the prison.
Lori was shot in the back and fell onto the baby that she was holding crushing her to death. Here we see already a big change in two characters fates from the comic to the TV, how Lori died and the fact the baby did also. Trust me they are not the only two. Before we do look at other characters here is a extra beauty from the TV show in the form of a deleted scene featuring Lori as a Walker!
Where we have discussed one child characters fate from the franchise let us look at another, Sophia. Sophia was a big driving force for the first half of series 2 as our characters attempted to find their lost family member. As I am sure you all remember, this was the first time AMC got us with a mid-series finale and it was one hell of a way to start their mid-series finale trend.
After hours of searching and trying to keep hope the group discover she had been in the Walker Barn the whole time. Well this is perhaps one of the best examples of how the comic book and TV show did not follow the same story as Sophia is still alive in the comics!
Yes you guessed it from the image, Sophia and Carl became a couple for a short time. Another character still alive in the comic books is Andrea. Andrea was our tragic heroine throughout all of series 3, and despite her best efforts she was eventually bitten and took her own life.
In the comics she was never a resident of Woodbury and instead was at the prison the entire time. She actually lives with Rick and Carl now in the comics making them a happy family, Carl even calls her "mom" in the comics. Hershal also saw massive changes from the comics to the TV show with his death being only one noticeable change.
This was one death I think found every viewer screaming at the television in horror, however it was extremely different in the comics. For starters in the TV show we know Hershal had two daughter, Maggie and Beth, and a step-son, Shawn. In the comics the Greene family was much bigger. Hershel was the father to Maggie, Billy, Lacey, Arnold, Susie, Rachel and Shawn. Then you look at how he died, the only thing the same is the fact the Governor killed him.
During the prison attack his son Billy was killed and Hershel stricken with grief pleads for the Governor to kill him. No sword, no head falling off, just a simple bullet between the eyes. From one lovable old man to the next, Dale.
Dale saw probably one of the most gruesome deaths in the TV series at the time and saddened audiences as fan favorite met his fate. However in the comics Dale had a very different fate that may sound familiar to any fan of the TV show. In the comics Dale was bitten by a Walker and kept it secret so he would not cause Andrea more pain. He then walked into the woods ready to meet his death. He was then grabbed by the Hunters only to awaken to them eating his leg, causing Dale to laugh as he is infected meat. Does this sound familiar? Well that is because his death was reused for the character of Bob. Bob appeared in the comics but had a completely different past and group affiliation than what we saw on the TV show. He was not a member of Rick's group but instead was part of the Governors.
Bob was a member of Woodbury and was the one who used to watch the Governor's zombie daughter for him. He is in fact still alive in the comics having stayed in Woodbury with Lilly and a group of refugees that they have found. Seeing as we have mentioned her why not look at Lilly next. Some may be struggling to remember Lilly but she did indeed appear in the TV show.
I thought that clip might refresh a few minds. Lilly was the poor woman the Governor met, and she soon found her world around her crumble until she decided to end it all herself. In the comics Lilly was a member of Woodbury and was the one who killed Lori and the baby in the prison attack. She did not have her sister, daughter or father in the comic book making the character have a completely different history to her comic book counterpart. Much like Lilly, another character from the comics to see less screen time is Otis.
Otis did not last very long in the TV show as Shane sacrificed Otis so he could get the medical supplies back to Hershel to save Carl's life. In the comics Otis did not meet his demise until the prison was overrun by Walkers. Yes Otis actually made it from the farm to the prison. In the comics Hershel's farm did not meet the fiery fate it did in the comics. Instead when the Greene family left to join Rick's group at the prison Otis stayed behind for a while to look after the livestock. Where Shane killed Otis in the series why not look at him next.
In the TV show we saw Shane lure Rick away from everyone and forcing Rick to kill his life-long best friend. However it was not Rick that made Shane take his last breath in the comics, instead it was Carl.
In the comics Shane left in a rage when Lori told him their affair was over. Rick following Shane soon finds himself fighting for his life as Shane attempts to kill him. Carl stumbling onto the scene shoots Shane through the neck saving his father. Later when Rick visits the make-shift grave he finds Shane reanimated as a Walker and puts him down to help Shane finally find peace. Tyreese's death may again sound familiar once you have heard how he died in the comics.
Tyreese was a recent death and the entire episode pretty much focused on him accepting his death. However in the comic books it was Tyreese that the Governor used in an attempt to gain leverage over the occupiers of the prison. Yes you guessed it, Tyreese was the one who lost his head instead of Hershel.
The final character we will look at is Carol. Now I am sure a few have said "Carol isn't dead in the TV show!" and they are right, but in the comic books she died a long time ago. Carol formed a relationship with Tyreese during their time at the prison. However when she caught Michonne in an act of oral sex with Tyreese she began to break down mentally. Asking Lori to look after Sophia she willingly allows a Walker to kill her, forcing Andrea to shot her corpse before it can reanimate and attack a grief stricken Tyreese.
These are just some of the character changes we have seen from the comics to TV and there is a simple reason as to why these events and characters have changed so much.
Original characters! Daryl and Merle Dixon are just two of these characters and simply them being present creates changes. For example it is easy to say Daryl was a key part in Carol getting over the death of her daughter Sophia which stopped the TV version of Carol from spiraling into a mental breakdown like her comic book counterpart. Sasha is another TV original character and is the only surviving member of her group which joined Rick & Co. By creating their own characters to join the comic book characters the Walking Dead TV show has created a ripple effect on events. With all you have read in mind do you think the comics are actual spoiler to the TV show or are they more like a vague prophecy of what could happen?