Hello Youth, have you ever wondered what the differences between AMC’s The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead comic book series are? After reading The Walking Dead: Compendium 1, I can tell you all about these differences and they may shock you!
Compendium 1 consists of Chapters 1-7 and goes along the same timeline as The Walking Dead Television Series seasons: 1-4. Here I present you with my top 9 most shocking plot differences and a few fun facts as well.
Comic Book Truth #1 Shane
Although Shane falls in love with and takes care of Lori in both the TV and comic series, he is not that big of a threat to anyone. He confronted Rick at the end of Chapter 1 about how he ruined any chance of Lori and him being together. He pulled his gun out on Rick and was shot by Rick’s son, Carl. Everything with Shane at the farm or even outside their first camp was an add on by AMC’s writers.
Comic Book Truth #2 Daryl and Merle
They don’t exist! Both Daryl and Merle are nonexistent in the comic books. This really bummed me out when I read the comics, Daryl is my favorite character!
Comic Book Truth #3 Carol
Carol was a bit of a mess in the comics. Her husband died before she joined the group and started dating Tyreese. After he cheated on her, she tried to commit suicide in front of her daughter Sophia. She survived her first attempt and tried to convince Lori and Rick to marry her as some sort of polygamist arrangement. They refused and not long after, she let a tied up zombie attack her. Sophia remains alive and in the care of Maggie and Glenn.
Comic Book Truth #4 Andrea and Dale
AMC had it right when they portrayed Andrea and Dale’s close relationship, however they are a little more than friends in the comics. It may be hard to imagine, but Andrea and Dale have been lovers ever since (and maybe before) her sister’s death. Another fact that I found much easier to swallow is that Dale doesn’t die at Hershel’s farm! In fact, he survives all through Compendium 1; it seems the TV series broke my heart for nothing.
Comic Book Truth #5 Hershel
Poor, poor Hershel had more than just his daughters to look after. He had a total of 7 children to take care of during the apocalypse; all but one (Maggie) died by the end of Compendium One. Also, Hershel never lost his leg from a zombie attack, actually it was Dale who survived the leg amputation. However, even with two legs, Hershel was unable to survive the evil that was The Governor. He died at the prison.
Comic Book Truth #6 Rick
While looking into a helicopter crash (this crash also appeared in Season 3), Rick and some of his group were captured by The Governor. As part of The Governor’s scare tactics, he cut off Rick’s right hand. He was patched up, but he quickly had to adjust to life without his shooting hand.
Comic Book Truth # 7 The Governor and Michonne
Michonne was with Rick’s group when they were captured by The Governor. It was her, not Maggie, who was tortured and let’s just say that Maggie had it easy compared to what happened to Michonne. As her revenge, she cut off The Governor’s hand, popped out his eye, cut off a part of his ehm… manhood, and did something unspeakable with a spoon. You probably can understand why The Governor wanted Rick to hand her over now.
Comic Book Truth #8 Lori and Judith
I know this is a picture of Lori and Carl, but there are no pictures of Lori and baby Judith together because in the show she died from child birth. In the comic she lives long enough to not only see, but also take care of her baby. Unfortunately, in the comic book, Lori and baby Judith were killed by gunshot.
Comic Book Truth #9 The Prison
In the TV show, Rick was able to keep the prison and bring the residents of Woodbury to live with him and his group. Unfortunately for Comic Book Rick, the prison was SEIZED by The Governor and his goons. Rick and his son Carl were forced to flee the prison with very little supplies. The fight claimed the lives of The Governor, Hershel, Hershel’s son Billy, Lori, Judith and others.
Comic Book Truth #10
I covered all the BIG plot twists, so I will give you a list of some interesting facts from the comics.
- Glenn shaved his head bald at the prison
- Tyreese cheated on Carol with Michonne
- Michonne’s pet walkers were her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s best friend, she did not hate them.
- The group never goes to the CDC or meet Dr. Jenner.
- One of the prison inmates was a serial killer and killed two of Hershel’s children.
- The walker girl The Governor kept in his room was his niece, it was not the relationship you would’ve hoped it was.
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