With the Game of Thrones TV show set to surpass George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice book series quite soon (let's face it, it'll be years before Martin finished those final two novels), it's worth thinking about what might happen if The Walking Dead continues on at the same rate at Season 6. Could it be possible for The Walking Dead to overtake its source material within the next two seasons?
Season 6 of The Walking Dead raced through an impressive 25 issues of the comic series, starting with subject matter from Issue 75 and ending with the iconic Issue 100 (well, technically the season ended in the middle of Issue 100). The quick pace of Season 6 has raised the concern that the TV series may catch up to the comic series by the beginning of Season 9. But with no source material to guide the way, would the TV show become lost?
Thankfully, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has eased our worries a little! In the "Letter Hacks" section of The Walking Dead Issue 154 (which was released on May 4), a fan mused, "what the heck is gonna happen when the show is caught to the comics because that's happening very quickly!?" Kirkman, having been asked this question a few times before replied:
I can see how going from #75 to #100 in 8 episodes may cause some concern. But the show does double back on the comic from time to time, like presenting the Billy and Ben plot in a new way. Plus we're still 54 issues ahead... Or really, 54 and a half since the cliffhanger interrupted the events of #100...
Yeah, look at it this way … it took us 6 seasons to get to 100. It won’t take us 6 years to get to 200 and that will take us to season … TWELVE. And we’ll still be ahead of the show at that point.
And if the show is still going strong at season 12 … well, that would be about the most amazing thing ever … so we’ll all be too busy celebrating to worry about anything.
Aside from catching up with the source material not being a major concern, some of the storylines that the TV series will soon be covering could definitely be stretched out for much longer than they were in comic series, especially given that the TV series is able to tell the story of many different groups with a lot more ease than the comic series. Not to mention the fact that there are more supporting and main characters in the TV series than in the comic series (people like Sasha and Daryl for example).
So thankfully it doesn't seem like us fans have too much to worry about for the foreseeable future. And besides, even if the TV series does edge closer to the comic series, perhaps Kirkman will pull the same move as George R. R. Martin and tell The Walking Dead showrunners exactly what he has planned for the future of the series.
Will you still watch The Walking Dead if it overtakes the comic books?