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The Walking Dead TV Series vs. the Comic – The Three Major Differences

As comic book lovers and diehard Walking Dead fans know, the TV series that goes by this name is based on the comics created by Kirkman, Moore and Adlard. With Season 4 just going off air and season 5 ready to make its premiere in February, the buzz in town centers on analyzing the show and the director’s take on the original storyline. It’s also a great time to refresh our memories on the major areas in which the TV series differs from the comics.

A More Ruthless Comics Version of Tyreese

Tyreese has the same devastating background with his daughter and her boyfriend, Chris making a suicide pact in both the TV and comic version. However, in the comics, it is Julie’s death and Chris’s escape that pushes Tyreese over the edge, and into killing and dismembering the boyfriend. The TV version of Tyreese did not quite go to these lengths.

Dale Exits Early on the Show

No one likes it when the good guys die, but when they exit earlier than ‘necessary’, it can be heart wrenching for the audience. Dale’s death on the TV series was positioned slightly earlier than in the books. Thankfully, it was a well planned move story-wise, because the storyline supported the character’s abrupt end and added to the ‘don’t know what to expect’ factor that continues to keep viewers engrossed in the series.

Merle Only Exists in the TV Show

As far as obnoxious characters go, Merle takes the award. This character is nowhere to be found in the comics but he has a meaty role in the TV show. On the same note, the twins, Alan and Donna from the comics have no role on the show so does that even it all out a bit? This is also somewhat true of Andrea, who dies on the show, but in the comics, she becomes a sharp shooter and helps defend the prison.