At this point, it's abundantly clear that there are differences between the "Walking Dead" comic books and the "Walking Dead" television show. Characters that exist in the comics do not exist on the show, and vice versa. Characters who die early on in the comics have outlived their point of departure on television, while others have made surprisingly early exits based on how far they make it on the paneled page.
The changes are plentiful, and there are many more to come, if Robert Kirkman — creator of the comics and executive producer of the AMC series — is to be believed. Reactions to these changes are going to vary from fan to fan, but Kirkman's thrilled by the changeups; in his eyes, shaking things up from the comics to the TV series allows him to "play George Lucas" to a certain degree.
"To a certain extent, I've told these stories before and I did them my own way in the comic book," Kirkman told MTV News about his approach to the show. "I work on the TV show, I'm in the writers room, and it's fun for me to look at it as a do-over. I can fiddle with things. I can play George Lucas, if you will, and I can think, 'Well, what would happen if Shane had lived? How would that change things?'"
Shane, of course, is the biggest example of how the show differs from the comics. Not only is the character alive for a longer stretch of time in the AMC series than he is in Kirkman's books, Shane also contributed to another major departure in the most recent episode of "The Walking Dead." (Check out our "Save the Last One" recap for more on that major spoiler.)
"Shane's presence radically alters a lot of different things," Kirkman warned of how the still-alive character will continue to change things. "Seeing how things are changed by his presence moving through the second season is a lot of fun for me. It ends up bringing in a lot of interesting twists and turns as you'll see from watching the season."
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