The Walking Dead is known to veer off the path set by the comics from which the AMC series is adapted. But if it were completely down to Robert Kirkman, creator of the comics and EP on the TV series, the show would be even more different. As he explains to TV Line:
“I’m adamant that if the TV show is just a direct adaptation of the comic, it would be completely boring to a significant percentage of the audience because the comic books do sell really well. So, we want to keep those people guessing as well as the people who have no familiarity with the comics at all… If it were completely up to me, the show would almost be more different.”
For better or worse, Kirkman is mindful that many fans of the comic want the show to follow the mythology (etc) set by the books:
“But the things that are very important to the fans, the things that would fundamentally change the characters and fundamentally change the story to the point that it wouldn’t be The Walking Dead, that’s not happening.”
Kirkman also touched on the central journey of Rick Grimes and where his story picks up in Season 3, having just killed his best bud:
“His journey over the third season is going to be a lot more drastic than it’s been. You’re going to see him really be put through his paces, and he’s definitely going to come out of the third season a changed character.”
It’s interesting to compare Rick to another seriable character who is a bit further down a destructive path of his won. Rick isn’t quite where Breaking Bad‘s Walter White/Heisenberg is just yet in either development or ‘distance’ — and the circumstances are of course different — but they are two men who, whether through choice or necessity, are having to tap into their ultra egos to survive..to win. Rick’s little speech to his disenchanted flock at the end of Season 2 was fascinating in that respect.
In another TV Line piece, Kirkman hyped up the mid-season finale, saying:
“It’s definitely going to be something that will make you hate the winter and be dying for the second act of the season to start, which is a fun process that I think adds to the anticipation and excitement of the show. I think people are really going to dig it.”
I hope it’s as good as he thinks. You can never underestimate the importance of a good cliffhanger in serialized TV.
Season 3 premieres Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9PM, AMC.