Robert Kirkman Comments on Comic Book Influences for The Walking Dead’s Sixth Season. The Walking Dead has taken many liberties from its source material for the series with it’s plotlines. Robert Kirkman weighed in on the comic book’s influence for the upcoming sixth season.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Robert Kirkman discussed which parts of the comic book series would be integrated into the zombie hit’s sixth season as well as how much of it won’t be included. “I can’t tell you how closely season 6 will follow the comics!” he said. Kirkman also went deep into how far in the comics the show went through so far and how much of it was used in the series.
We have to keep people guessing. 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. All that said, 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.
The one of the biggest differences between the series and the comics was Lennie James’ character Morgan, who had such an impact in the comics, but was prominently featured on the show since it’s first season and now will be a big part of the sixth season.
In addition to that, we have Lennie James‘ Morgan, who is also very different (and cooler) than his comics’ counterpart. Having Lennie, who was such a huge part of season 1 and amazing every time we had him back, finally a regular part of this show is really going to energize this show for the coming season. And I would argue this show wasn’t really in need of re-energizing, so it’s just going to be that much better.
The comic book creator also talked about observing the writer’s room and seeing how they interpret his story into the small screen. “I’m in the enviable position of constantly seeing Scott [Gimple] and the rest of the writers dig up morsels from my work and doing things with them I never could have imagined,” he shared. He also added:
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. 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.
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