There have been many changes from the comics version version of The Walking Dead and the TV show.
These changes happen for various reasons.
Some are for practicality’s sake, some are to keep things fresh for fans of the comic who also watch the show, and some are for giving TV fans something unique to the show (Daryl and Merle’s very existences.)
It seems like a good time to go over some of the more interesting or significant changes between the comic book version and the TV version of The Walking Dead.
Here the 5 Biggest Differences Between The Walking Dead Comics and TV Show:
5. The Fate of Rick’s Hand
On the show as well as in the comic, Rick is the stalwart leader of the survivors.
But in the comic, when Rick tangled with the Governor at Woodbury for the first time, the Governor chopped off Rick’s right hand, leaving him to learn to struggle with the disability and still survive despite it. Rick did survive and thrive, making him even more of a badass than he was before. Of course, in the TV show, that incident never happened and Rick still has both of his hands.
This change is one for practical reasons- faking a lost hand for Rick would be costly, though Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick, has lobbied for the producer’s to include the amputation in the show.
4. Baby Judith
On the show, baby Judith is alive and well, being raised by her father and brother, Rick and Carl.
But in the comic she has a far different fate, as does her mother, Lori. The whole family, Rick, Lori, Carl and baby Judith were fleeing the Governor in Woodbury. Carl and Rick got far ahead of Lori and the baby when the Governor ordered one of his minions to kill them. The minion opened fire, hitting Lori, who fell on the baby, and both died.
This change seems likely to be because no one wants to see a baby murdered on TV, not even on the Walking Dead.
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Most people watching the Walking Dead seemed to hate Andrea, especially after she started a relationship with the Governor.
So there weren’t many shedding tears when she died after getting bitten by a zombified Milton. In the comics though, Andrea isn’t dead. And not only has she survived, she’s become a reliable, important character, a badass sharpshooter, she’s been in a relationship with Rick for a long time, and Carl has even taken to calling her “Mom”!
The TV version of Michonne looks to be taking over Andrea’s role from the comics. It doesn’t seem likely that anyone who just watches the TV show could buy any of those characteristics when it comes to Andrea, which is probably why she was killed off.
Andrea ranks number five in our The Hottest Women of The Walking Dead.
2. Carol and Sophia
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Carol and Sophia have very different stories in the TV show from the comic, starting with Carol is dead and Sophia is not.
In the comic, Carol’s character was fairly short-lived; she started as a sad, abused woman like the TV show, but she ended up in a relationship with Tyrese, and when he rejected her she tried to start up with Rick and Lori. They rejected her, and she committed suicide by zombie in despair. Sophia was orphaned, and adopted by Glen and Maggie.
Now in the comics, Sophia is being raised by Maggie after Glen’s death at the hands of Negan.
On the TV show, Carol is one of the most skilled, ruthless survivors in the group, which may be a reaction to the death of her daughter Sophia early on. If they kept the storyline from the comic, viewers would have been deprived of one of the most interesting characters on the show. The producers made the right call changing this one.
1. Daryl and Merle
It turns out everyone’s favorite southerner, Daryl Dixon, only exists on the TV show, as does his brother Merle!
Daryl and Merle were created specifically for the show, and Daryl wasn’t even going to be a character except that Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, wanted a part so badly that the producers wrote him one.
Daryl has become so popular that there are fans who promise to boycott the show if he is killed. Merle, however, wasn’t so lucky, as he’s already been killed off. This change is a great one; we have a character that even fans of the comic, who know future storylines coming up on the show, don’t know the fate of, which could lead to some great, surprising storytelling.