THE WALKING DEAD Producers On The Show's Adherence To The Source Material

THE WALKING DEAD Producers On The Show's Adherence To The Source Material

The AMC show is fearless when it comes to tweaking conflicts, characters and deaths from how they're originally depicted in Robert Kirkman's comic book. Sometimes those changes are met with anger, sometimes to applause but always to great fanfare. Spoiler Warning

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Speaking to THR, the producers for AMC's The Walking Dead discuss their willingness to take the popular television show in different directions from where Robert Kirkman takes the series in the pages of the Image comic book. Many changes have already unfolded in the first two seasons and the journey of the third season but in terms of looking to the season finale, Greg Nicotero stated "It's going to get pretty bloody...Clearly, we've strayed a little bit away from the comic book because Lori and Judith don't die together. That's the trick of The Walking Dead: You never know. It's kind of sad that nobody is safe, but we've already shown that in the first half of the season." Executive producer David Alpert added, "We do some things that are a little bit different than in the comic. If you've read the comic, you don't want to do the same thing. We're going to do something that's going to surprise and shock you while rewarding the fact that if you read the comic, you're going to recognize all the milestones that were built into it."

As a reader of the comic book, I personally welcome the changes as it definitely keeps you guessing and entertained. It's a unique viewing experience when you feel that you have a firm grasp on where a television show is heading and the show surprises you by going in a different direction. This is something The Walking Dead delivers on a regular basis and it even allows the viewers who haven't read the comic book series to go back and start from the beginning and share similar surprise as the differences between the two mediums. One big thread hanging over the third season is whether we'll see The Governor(David Morrisey) survive the big conflict between the residents of Woodbury and Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) band of survivors. "The potential is always there [for The Governor to survive] -- or he could die in the next episode. This is The Walking Dead; you never know."

Tune in for all the zombie goodness on AMC's The Walking Dead Sunday at 9PM PST/EST.

The Walking Dead is an American horror/drama television series developed by Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers", resembling zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way. The eponymous title of the series refers to the survivors, and not the zombies, as they are all infected by the zombie virus.

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The Walking Dead Season 3 by

Running Time: 60 minutes (45 min actual air time)
Release Date: October 14 (Season 3-premiere)
TV Rating: TV-MA for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alchohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey,Chad Coleman,Laurie Holden, Sonequa Martin-Green, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Norman Reedus
Creators: Frank Darabont (show) Robert Kirkman (comic)
Written by: Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice, Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, Adam Fierro, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Evan T. Reilly

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