A co-worker let me borrow The Walking Dead comics recently. I was actually surprised about a lot of the differences between the two. Even though I'm still reading some of the ones I'm borrowing, I thought it would be fun to write up some of the differences I noticed between the comic and the show. Fair warning, if you haven't watched the show, or read the comics there will be some spoilers. I'm not going to get too deep into this only because there are so many differences, I could go on for a while.
I've started my Walking Dead experience with the TV show on AMC. Which I believe was one of the best things to ever happen to television. This will give you my reference point for this post.
The first thing I realized was that both story lines follow similar almost parallel timelines which cross with certain points here and there. I already had an idea of this just from things I've heard from different places, but you really can't completely understand until you've experienced both.
The next thing I noticed was how Andrea, and Dale ended up being an item in the comic, where in the show Andrea basically looks at Dale more like a father figure. Actually they become the adoptive parents for a couple kids that aren't in the show. It really is interesting the differences between the two characters, and how they look at each other. One similarity between Andrea in the comic and the show is that she does end up becoming a pretty good shot with a gun.
The third thing is that Carol, as far as I have read up to, hasn't lost Sophie yet and she end up hitting on Rick, and Lori Grimes. She even tried to convince Lori that they all should be married together. But all of this came after her and Tyrone didn't work out. Oh and yeah Carol and Tyrone had a thing going for a short time.
The difference between the Governor in the comic and the show is similar as to how the timeline situation. In the comic he's a lot more ruthless, and barbaric than he is in the show. In the show he's no saint either, but he doesn't seem to start off as a murdering rapist, where in the comic, you find this out very quickly.
The last difference I feel the need to say something about is the fact that Daryl from the show, isn't in the comic at all. At this point in the game I feel like it's common knowledge, and there really isn't any need to bring him up, but I know there are people out there who will say something if I don't bring him up. He is quite an important character in the series, and I happen to like his character.
There are so many things that are different between the two. As I stated above, I could go on, and on. There are certain key details I've avoided talking about because I don't want to give away to many spoilers. I honestly enjoy both the comic and the TV show. I know many people are taking side, I for one can't, I enjoy zombies to much.