All shows face different types of challenges, but four specific challenges in the third season of "The Walking Dead" separate the show's challenges from ones we have seen before. With the introduction of Michonne and the prison, the writers have prepared viewers for particular cans of worms to be opened. When we add on the fact that we will be meeting The Governor, more cans come into play. The impassioned fans of the show and comic book series will settle for nothing less than excellence.
The four events listed here all take place in the comic book. As we have learned so far on "The Walking Dead," we cannot assume anything from the comic will happen on TV. We should also not assume that if something happens in the comic, it will not happen on TV. These four instances all fall within the timeframe of the prison and are sure to give headaches to the writers as they debate whether or not these scenes should make it on TV.
Fans of the comic book version of "The Walking Dead" know that The Governor cut off Rick's hand. Out of all four of these issues, this might not happen because of the production issues it could cause. In a comic book, it is easier to deal with a character missing a body part as you simply do not draw it. On TV, though, it becomes an issue of hiding his hand through unending creativity or costly special effects. Either one could add more to the budget and bring the powers at AMC down on the creators.
Lori and Baby's Death
In the comic book, The Governor shoots Lori in the back while she is carrying her baby. The bullet goes through her and the baby in her arms. While fans might love the idea of Lori finally getting killed off, the idea of the baby being murdered might sit wrong with many of the viewers. This issue would be the most difficult to deal with from a societal standpoint as parental groups could come down hard on the show's creators.
Michonne's Rape and Revenge
Both of these occurrences should be dealt with at the same time. If the creators have The Governor rape Michonne as he does in the comic, they will have to work as creatively as possible to let fans know what is going on without becoming too graphic. If the creators keep the rape in, they are almost required to allow Michonne her revenge. Again, creativity becomes a concern as the censors would never allow the scenes we viewed in the comic book. No theatrical movie has ever been as graphic as Michonne's revenge was in the comic.
It will be interesting to see how the creators of "The Walking Dead" tackle these issues in the third season of the show. Even if all four of these instances were taken out, I am sure we would still have a wild ride through the season. Too bad we have to wait so long for it.
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