The 7 Best Walking Dead Comic Book Moments We Want On The TV Show
The Walking Dead TV series is set to kick off its fifth season on AMC this October. The TV show has never been afraid to deviate from the comic book source material, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some huge moments from the comic that we still want to see on the TV show.
These include moments as big as a war between rival groups and as intimate as a character receiving a debilitating injury, but they all stick out in our minds as defining turns from the comic that would make for some great TV.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for both the TV show and the comic! Also, this article contains graphic imagery!
As seen in: The Walking Dead #15
You have to hand it to Tyreese for continuing to play the overbearing father in a world overrun by zombies. Several times after he and his family debuted in the comic, Tyreese was seen hassling his daughter Julie and her boyfriend Chris for getting a little too familiar with one another. Unfortunately, their romantic relationship resulted in something far worse than STDs or pregnancy. Shortly after Rick and the gang moved into the Woodbury Prison, Chris and Julie decided to forge a suicide pact. The plan was to make love and then shoot each other at the same time, allowing them to be together in that moment forever.
Unfortunately for Chris, he pulled the trigger too quickly, killing Julie and leaving himself very much alive and facing Tyreese’s wrath. At first the distraught Tyreese only wanted his daughter to come back to life. The problem with wishing that in the Walking Dead universe is that it can actually happen. And when Chris shot the zombified Julie dead a second time, Tyreese lashed out and choked the boy to death.
This was one of the defining tragedies in the series during its early years. Obviously, a lot would have to be altered in the transition to the TV show. For one thing, the Chris and Julie characters don’t even exist in the show. Rather than having a daughter, Tyreese has his sister Sasha, a character with a much firmer head on her shoulders. But even if this twist happens to a completely different set of characters, it’s something we’d like to see unfold on the small screen.
As seen in: The Walking Dead #28
With any long-running drama, it’s usually safe to assume the lead hero is safe from serious physical harm, at least until the climax of the story. But with this development, Kirkman established that no one is truly safe in The Walking Dead, not even Rick Grimes. This early encounter with the Governor resulted in Rick having his right hand sliced off as a message to the residents of Woodbury Prison. Rick has managed to persevere since, proving that even a one-armed man can thrive in a post-apocalyptic world. But the wound will forever serve as a reminder of the Governor’s malice.
Naturally, some changes will have to be made if this moment is to be adapted for the show. For one thing, it’ll have to be a villain other than the Governor that delivers the blow. But that honor could easily be shifted to a character like Negan when he makes his debut. Or the moment could be changed so that Rick’s arm has to be amputated because of a zombie bite. There are also certain practical challenges involved in terms of hiding Andrew Lincoln‘s hand in every single episode and how he’ll interact with objects, weapons, and people going forward. But with as much money as the show is raking in, we’re sure they can find a solution.
As seen in: The Walking Dead #61-66
In between the Governor and Negan, the Hunters were the biggest human threat Rick and his band faced as they searched for a new home. This group of survivors decided that hunting humans for meat was easier than scavenging supplies or farming, and they looked to Rick’s band as their next meal. It was a harsh reminder that the only thing more dangerous than the undead is the living.
The show seems to be moving in this direction. The leaders of the Terminus settlement introduced in Season 4 have been hinted to be cannibals, so we’ll probably see some version of the “Fear the Hunters” storyline play out during Season 5. But there are two moments from that storyline we hope to see adapted by the show in some form. The first is the moment where the Hunters began eating Dale, only to discover that his body was infected from zombie bites and possibly toxic. Obviously Dale has already died a different way in the TV show, but it’s a moment that could work with any significant character whose time runs out in Season 5.
The other key moment from “Fear the Hunters” comes at the end of the story, as Rick and his allies decide they have no other choice but to execute the Hunters for their crimes. It was a dramatic resolution that illustrated how much the Walking Dead cast have changed over the years and what lengths they’re now willing to go to ensure their own survival.
As seen in: The Walking Dead #67
Things were looking up for the Walking Dead gang as the “Life Among Them” storyline began. They had defeated the cannibalistic Hunters and discovered a new possible safe haven in the form of Alexandria. But whether you’re reading the comic or watching the show, it’s always “Two steps forward, one step back,” for our heroes. In this case, Rick made the unpleasant discovery that Eugene, the man the group had pinned all their hopes on, was nothing but a fraud. Claiming all along to be a military scientist who could lead the group to safety in Washington D.C., Eugene finally admitted to being nothing more than a former high school science teacher using an old radio as a prop.
If Walking Dead were a Hollywood movie, Eugene would probably have been on the up-and-up, leading his friends to safety and discovering a cure to set the world right again. But Kirkman isn’t much interested in delivering happy endings. This moment was another reminder that there’s no easy out for our heroes, and no putting the world back the way it used to be.
With Eugene, Abraham, and Rosita appearing in the TV series now and embarking on a similar quest to reach Washington, it’s probably a safe bet that Eugene will be outed at some point in Season 5.
As seen in: The Walking Dead #83
Apparently the Grimes clan have issues holding onto all of their body parts. As if Carl hadn’t suffered enough from events like having to shoot Shane, watching his mother and baby sister die, and fend for himself alone in the wilderness, Carl became the victim of friendly fire when a zombie attack nearly overwhelmed the community in Alexandria. It was not only a horrific development, it was a senseless and random one. And it again illustrated the idea that no one in The Walking Dead is safe.
We can imagine AMC might be reluctant to feature such a brutal twist on TV, though there’s no reason to showcase Carl’s bullet wound in as graphic detail as the comic did. What’s most important about this moment is that it symbolizes the true end of Carl’s childhood innocence. The boy that was died with this bullet wound. What awoke from the coma was a grim, hardened soldier that his father still barely recognizes at times. And that’s a character arc we very much want to see play out in upcoming seasons.
As seen in: The Walking Dead #100
If there was one thing that Walking Dead readers complained about during the series’ second batch of 50 issues, it was the lack of a singular, overarching villain like the Governor. Kirkman rectified that problem in issue #100 when he introduced Negan. Incredibly foul-mouthed yet strangely charismatic, Negan immediately took his place as a worthy Governor replacement. And just as the Governor established his evil-ness by cutting off Rick’s hand and torturing Michonne, Negan made his opening statement by beating Glenn, one of the series’ most beloved characters, to death with a baseball bat. And not just any bat, but a barbed wire-covered behemoth affectionately nicknamed Lucille.
It was a grotesquely memorable entrance for the series’ new villain. It established Negan as a little bit frightening, a little bit crazy, and a lotta bit dangerous. The details may vary when Negan inevitably appears on the show. But we hope he can make as many waves on the TV show as he did in issue #100.
As seen in: The Walking Dead #115-126
The Walking Dead comic only recently wrapped up its biggest storyline ever. “All Out War” played out over the course of half a year and 12 issues, detailing the massive clash between Negan’s Saviors and three united groups of survivors – Rick and his allies in the Alexandria community, Ezekiel’s Kingdom, and the Hilltop. It resulted in a war with many twists and turns and betrayals. The outcome was never certain until the dust had finally settled and Negan was defeated. For the time being, anyway.
Again, it’s probably only a matter of time until Negan makes his debut on the show. “All Out War” was a fitting way to capitalize on the previous 15 issues of build-up with the villain. We can only hope the TV crew have something similarly epic in mind. And beyond the carnage and plot twists, “All Out War” is important in how it marks a sea change for the comic. The end result of this storyline in Rick’s realization that the human survivors can be united. Maybe the idea of rebuilding civilization isn’t so far-fetched after all.