A debate has raged for a year now about the comic book that "The Walking Dead" is based on. Many wonder if reading the comic book will give you an idea as to what is going to happen on the show. As someone who is a fan of the show and up to date on the comic book, I can answer that easily.
Anyone who has read even a few early issues of the comic book can tell you that the show does not follow the comic book series exactly. There are many events that happen in the comic book that have not happened on the show, and there are many aspects of the show that are not part of the comic series. The two are out of sync in many aspects.
For example, if the show were to follow the comic book, Shane would be dead already and we would not have had scenes of the CDC compound. Merle Dixon does not exist in the comic book (at least not yet). In the comic, Rick does not spend time trying to get in touch with Morgan and Duane. There are countless other examples that I could give, but I am sure that you get the picture.
If you do read the comic, though, you are sure that the secret that was whispered in Rick's ear at the end of the last show last year was that Lori is pregnant. Fans of the comic version of "The Walking Dead" already know some of what to expect from the prison scenes and from the upcoming meetings with the Governor. Fans also have an outlook on what might happen in future seasons.
It has to be understood that the creators of the TV show use the comic series for inspiration. Just like when a book is made into a movie, changes were made to encompass many of the original ideas and the direction that would work best for TV. If you look through a handful of the comics, you will note that there are certain situations and scenes that might not work for basic cable.
You do not need to read the comic to know what will happen in the future on "The Walking Dead." You will, though, read one of the best comic book series that has come out in decades. You will gain more insight into the minds of characters as you see them in different situations than will be portrayed on TV. You will also understand the flow of the show, and realize many of the points of inspiration that drive the creators.
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