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The Walking Dead: Comics vs TV show

Updated on August 8, 2016

To quote one of my favorite Lord of the Rings internet memes, "One does not simply, dislike The Walking Dead."

It's no surprise that the Walking Dead has gained such an immense following. What started out as the brainchild of creator Robert Kirkman, turned into a comic book series in 2003 and eventually spawned the hit television series we know today. With the series debuting back in 2010, and now currently in its fifth season, the fanbase is evergrowing.

While the premise itself about a post apocalyptic world inhabited by shambling zombies trying to eat your face, has been done before in various incarnations in both film and television, it's The Walking Dead's characters that breathe new life into a tiring genre and is no doubt what has made the franchise the juggernaut it is today.

Being TWD is a character driven story about surviving, I decided to pit a few of the comic's version of the characters against their television counterparts to see who would actually have a better chance at surviving this epidemic.

SPOILER WARNING: There are some spoilers in this article on both the comic and tv show, read at your own risk.


Both versions are very closely ressembled in terms of appearance, traits and leadership. That's right, they both go bat shit crazy at some point and talk to dead people on a telephone. The main difference is in the comics, Rick is at a disadvantage when he loses his right hand courtesy of the Governor during their first encounter. On the show, Rick is almost beaten to death by the same man. While Rick eventually recovers from his near death experieance on the show, his comic book counterpart is forced to carry on with one less appendage. Not too convenient in the zombie apocalypse.

WINNER: TV version - There's no denying that fighting off hordes of the undead with only one hand is both talented and badass, but how long can one truly last? Two fists are better than one, and that is a big advantage to have in the world of The Walking Dead.

Also, Andrew Lincoln is British, and his southern accent is just awesome. You just can't get that from the pages of the comic.


Speaking of Carl, despite growing into a bonafide walker slayer who can hold his own, he is still only a child. So, of course in the comic and as well as the show, we see the inner struggle of someone being forced to grow up in a world full of violence and death, while trying to hold onto his innocence and some form of a childhood.
On the show, Carl has had the tendency to run off whenever he pleases. Whether it's to go throw rocks at a trapped walker for fun or blaming his father for not protecting the group from the Governor, Carl finds ways to head out on his own carelessly. Although, he is a good shot with a gun, up to the latter have of season 4, Carl was still wrecklessly heading off by himself, losing shoes and eating pudding.

WINNER: Comic version - Carl in the comic and TV show both have their moments of being whiney brats and running off in careless and dangerous fashion, but at least in the comic he uses his common sense far more than he does on the show. Whether you're living in the real world or in a world where the dead walk, common sense is a valuable thing to have. The proof is in the pudding Carl.


On the show, Andrea was way under used when compared to her version in the comics. In the comic she became a tough as nails sharpshooter, who while occasionally made some questionable decisions, nowhere near compared to Andrea's ridiculous delusions she had of the Governor on the show. It's one thing to want to see the good in people and look for a peaceful solution to a problem, but in season 3, Andrea turned into a naïve character, who couldn't see beyond of what was right in front of her and ended up being a wasted character that had so much potential.

Her comic version is very observant and would never be as ignorant to the blatant lies being tossed in her face.

WINNER: Comic version - This is a no brainer. Andrea, in the comics is far better capable of outlasting her counterpart from the show. It just offers up more validity, being TV Andrea met her demise at the end of season 3, while in the comics she still lives to fight another day. You can't fix stupid.


Both versions are total bad asses, that goes without saying. The comics delve more into Michonne's past than the show at this point, but she has issues. It's explained in the comics, but only touched upon in the show that Michonne has had a messed up past. It's obviously taken it's toll on her as she has conversations with her dead boyfriend on a regular basis. Not to contradict my earlier statement, Rick spoke with his dead wife on the phone, but he eventually got himself together. Michonne's emotional wounds are much deeper, and while she is amazing weilding a katana, there's no denying that being a potentially unstable person wielding a katana could wind up being more of a liability than contributor to surviving in the long run.

WINNER: TV version - Her backstory was only briefly explored in a flashback/nightmare on the show. Sure, she has issues, but compared to her comic version she is just more mentally fit to last, since she's not being distracted by discussing her moral dilemmas with people that aren't even there.

That wraps up round one of The Walking Dead: Comics vs TV show. Be on the lookout for my follow up article on some more head to head character bouts. In the meantime..."just look at the flowers".


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