The Walking Dead Season 4: How Close Will the Show Stick to the Comics?
The new showrunner forThe Walking Dead Season 4, Scott Gimple, is a serious fanboy who has been reading The Walking Dead from the beginning. He wants to stick close to the comics. But, interestingly enough, it sounds like he’s facing opposition from the comic book writer himself, executive producer Robert Kirkman, who encourages TV changes from the source material.
“Kirkman is more about departures from the comics than I have been in the past,” Scott explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “His approach is more like, ‘Oh it's all good, we've seen that in the comic. We can mix it up.’ I've been more hardcore about keeping true to the exact story of the comic. Kirkman wound up loosening me up a little more about it, as far playing with different things going in different directions. To tell you the truth, at this point with where the story is, anybody who's a big fan of the comic would see that we have to. It's funny, in some ways the things that divert from the comic this year have actually served being closer to the comic in some way. There's going to be some looping around to the comic and remixing. That's how I essentially look at it: It's a remix of the comic.”
OK, it’s a remix. Maybe he means, in one example, the whole Season 3 storyline with Tyreese in Woodbury is now looping back to the Rick/Tyreese friendship from the comics. But characters like Andrea are still alive in the comics and dead on the show, so they have to change that. And — well, just let Scott try to explain it more...
“Going back to the remix idea,” Scott continued, “There are going to be big moments from the comic that will be seen in a very different context that fans will recognize but aren't that different in the continuity of the book. There are a lot of things that are different at this stage in the story than they were in the comic. The Governor on the TV show is a different character than the Governor of the comic. You will recognize a bunch of those big moments this season, but you will also see that they aren't exactly the same as they panned out in the comic, and you'll know why because of where the story is now. Daryl Dixon is a huge part of the show and he's not in the comic. The stories that happen involve him heavily and he, as a character, changes those stories. That happens in so many ways through our story. What's cool is we can get in those moments, those themes and those dynamics but they happen in different ways, at different times and sometimes between different characters. It's so cool for me, as a fan, when we do it. And it's a way to take something that the comic fans know and present it in a different way and hopefully with a different emotional context but just as powerful as it was in the comic. So you still get something new, but it serves the story that's just been told.”
On that note, what do you think they will show from the comics in this remix version?
Maybe some of the romantic relationships, like Tyreese, Carol, and Michonne, but with Daryl added to the mix? Will Rick not quite lose his hand (since Kirkman has said in the past he wishes he hadn’t written that into the comics at that point) but maybe just hurt himself, (as these spoiler photos seem to suggest) in something tied to the storyline?
What about The Governor vs. Michonne? Will they … go there, the way we thought they might with Maggie in Season 3? Will The Gov end up killing Tyreese, or doing the same decapitation to someone else?
It’s so hard to guess what they’ll use and how, since the show has diverged so much from the comics, but that just keeps it exciting!