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The Walking Dead: Why Didn’t Rick Grimes Lose His Hand on TV? Robert Kirkman Explains “Impossible” Situation

The Walking Dead comic books, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) stumbled upon a little town called Woodbury. They met The Governor (David Morrissey), who seemed friendly, but took them prisoner. He demanded to be told the location of their camp. Rick lied to him, and The Governor responded by cutting off his right hand. Like this.

That iconic moment obviously changed Rick’s life for the duration of the comic book series, which is still being written. But it never happened on TV. Why not? Comic book writer/TV show producer Robert Kirkman was recently on Sundance’s The Writers’ Room and a fan asked about the hand chop.

“I like the fact that he lost his hand in the comic,” RK said. “To be perfectly honest, the practical difficulties of having a guy who doesn’t have a hand is extremely complicated in the comic and would be impossible in the show. Because the comic book doesn't move. For instance, in a recent issue, I think it’s 122 or 123, Rick is standing on top of a truck. It would take him quite a while to climb on top of a truck with one hand, but we just show him standing on a truck. And you’re reading that comic, and you’re like, ‘There he is on that truck.’”

So it would add a huge complication to the TV series, and probably a lot more money to the budget, especially since Rick is the main character and involved in many action scenes. Enough people (Merle, Hershel) are already losing body parts on TV without Rick needing to join in.

However, after calling it “impossible,” RK added this little joke to the end of the hand talk: “Yeah, but spoiler alert, [Rick] loses his hand in Season 5, so…” Can you imagine if, for once, he actually meant it?

Are you glad that Rick will apparently keep both hands (and hopefully all other parts) on TV, or do you wish they had gone for that shocking moment back in Season 3, when it would’ve fit with the comic book timeline?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

Source: Sundance TV

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