‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6: “Beloved” Comic Book Storylines Ahead
Since The Walking Dead is based on Robert Kirkman’s comics of the same name, the TV show has an outline of sorts to follow, though as any good TWD fan will tell you showrunner Scott Gimple likes to do much more than follow the comics by the letter. As Season 6 approaches, however, we’re learning a few “beloved” comic book storylines will appear on the small screen.
As Robert recently revealed, while he’s spending less time on the show’s Georgia set than he used to, his comics are (obviously) still very influential to the show. “I can’t tell you how closely Season 6 will follow the comics! We have to keep people guessing,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “If you’re paying attention, the material around volume 13 or so of the comic series has been getting adapted into the show most recently, but we always reserve the right to stray from the source or even jump back or ahead and do things out of order.”
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When Season 5 ended, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, and the others were still in the Alexandria Safe Zone, a locale the gang also spends a good deal of time at in the comics. Rick was reunited with Morgan Jones, portrayed by Lennie James, who entered Alexandria just as his old pal killed Pete. Now it remains to be seen how Rick and newly Zen-like Morgan will coexist.
When speaking to the differences between the show and the comics, Robert noted TV Morgan is much cooler than his comic book counterpart and added, “The biggest differences we’ll see revolve around Daryl, who was never in the comic, and Carol, who was long dead and never as cool as the TV version by this point.”
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As for those “beloved” comic storylines coming to TV? Robert was tight-lipped but did give us a little something to work with. “All I’ll say is that a few of the things coming deal with very cool, very beloved parts of the comic series and expand them in ways that die-hard fans are going to love,” he reasoned. “Oftentimes we do things that are cool, but risky, and I know some people will love it, but there’s a potential for some people not to like the changes we’re making or things we’re adding. This is not one of those times. This stuff is awesome.”
Given that Heath, his girlfriend Denise, Hilltop’s Jesus, and a remixed version of Nicholas from the comics are just some of the characters moving from one medium to another this season, we can’t wait to see how Scott and the rest of the writers have “remixed” RK’s original stories.
The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres with a 90-minute episode on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.