‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Reveals How the Show Affects the Comics
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The Walking Dead

‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Reveals How the Show Affects the Comics


The Walking Dead maintains a delicate balance in order to appeal to both comic fans and the show’s viewers.

Robert Kirkman opens up on how the show has influenced key changes in the books.


TV shows not only need to keep viewers interested, but they need to appease critics and censors as well.

This naturally means writers and producers will often find themselves tweaking episodes in order to fit that mold.

Thankfully, Robert has another outlet for his creative genius.


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Robert’s original goal was to prevent the show from affecting how he wrote the books… but then he ended up letting the show’s apparent drawbacks directly create some of the comic’s most fantastical elements.

“I had to prove to myself internally that I was not changing what I was planning to do with a mind towards how we were going to adapt it when we got there on the show. I went so overboard that I think it did change in the comic in some way — but I feel like it made it more awesome.”

Well, as long as it all worked out in the end.


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Robert admits Negan’s colorful language was a direct effect of the show’s success — he wanted to have a little fun and freedom.


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Shiva was also a result of Robert going a little overboard with his creative license, he never expected the show to make it this long.

“That was clearly me going, ‘They’re never going to get to this stuff, and if they do get to this stuff, they’re never going to be able to adapt it, so I’m just going hog wild.’”

You were wrong, Robert. But also so very right.


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The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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