WARNING IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE WALKING DEAD AND PLAN TO OR HAVE NOT WATCHED SEASON THREE, PLEASE STOP READING RIGHT NOW.
STILL READING? OK YOU WERE WARNED!!
Let me start off right now by saying firstly, I am not a HUGE fan of zombie culture. It’s always been something about the mindless undead that just creeped me out. With that, secondly I was never a big fan of zombie comics either. But midway through season one of Walking Dead , a lot of my friends started giving me positive buzz about the show, I tuned in and even watched it in its entirety to prepare for season 2. It’s easily one of the most popular comic book to TV shows translations not based on a super hero in a long time. Season 3 and two of my close comic book friends really tried to turn me on to the book as we talked of the show because of course it’s difficult to talk about any film media if you haven’t read the print media right? When Walking Dead took its mid-season break, I actually took time to binge read every issue right up to the current issues even surpassing where my friends were and of course I started to see where the show took divergences from the comic. it’s a normal occurrence when a TV show or a movie changes elements of a story to make it more palatable for the audience but none of us really suspected how far left, this show was going. I noticed that season two was taking a few bigger departures from the comic and even more with season 3 so now that I was ‘caught up and beyond’ with where the show was in relation to the comic, I thought I knew what was going to happen.
Boy was I wrong. With the death of Andrea on the finale, The Walking Dead took one of its biggest divergences from the comics and as one of my friends exclaimed, “I like that I have no idea anymore what the heck is going to happen.” Nice, but let’s be straight. Season 3 was not one of the best seasons in this show. In my opinion for every one show where there was action and progress there were at least 2 or 3 episodes of nothing but exposition and the audience waiting for something, anything to happen. For anyone that has already read the comic series and is current, knows that Andrea became a much stronger character and also that even the prison story line wasn’t really that long of a story arc in the book. Even with that I was amazed at how much they managed to stretch out the war of Rick vs. the Governor for TV and how much longer they may prolong it for the next season. The best parts of this is that now with the story telling diverging from the comic is now everyone gets to enjoy an unknown storyline for the coming season and not have to had read the comic because they feel left out. This divergence adds back some suspense about where this series is headed as a whole. There have been far too many movies and TV shows including Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones and many others where people who read the source material complained about key elements either eliminated, were added or changed for the sake of ‘easily digestible’ video media. Now with The Walking Dead changing the game around, it may have rightly took a balls approach that few print to video shows and movies rarely take and that is to take a universe that everybody knows and add a huge element of unknown stories that Kirkman and company gets to tell with the audience none the wiser for the outcome; something that is missing from a spoiler-prone audience nowadays.
And uhhhh coincidentally as someone who is not a big fan of zombies, I uhh…did cosplay as a Zombie Red lantern for Halloween and it rocked!!! Don’t judge me.