Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman commented recently that the presence of new characters like Daryl Dixon has forced the writers to rethink how established stories would work.
One of the most jarring things for me as a fan of Robert Kirkman’s comic series The Walking Dead was watching the TV show and seeing some of the immediate and big changes it made. It’s not that I wanted an exact page-to-screen translation (except I kind of did), it was mostly just that I loved the comic book and was dying to see my favorite moments played out in the same way on my flat screen. All of that said, with time I grew to appreciate some of the changes the TV show made, with one of my favorites, of course, being the Norman Reedus’s Daryl Dixon.
That in mind, Kirkman recently commented that the presence of new characters like Daryl has been one of the biggest forces driving the show in fresh and different directions. “When we sit down to write the show one of the first things we deal with is: ‘How does Daryl Dixon change this story,'” he said. “Because we always start from: ‘Ok, we like this part of the comic. How are we going to do it?'” In other words, the presence of new and altered characters has meant a lot rethinking how the story’s plot points play out.
That said, while Kirkman would say that characters like Daryl have helped keep the show “interesting,” it doesn’t sound like fans of the book will need to worry about elements of the show leaking into the plot of the comic. According to Kirkman, he doesn’t necessarily think it would be a “bad thing” for Daryl to show up in the comics, but he “really likes the separation” between the show and the book. What do you think? Are you itching for characters from the show to make their way to the comic or would you agree that the two are best kept unique and separate entities?