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Comics, TV/Film

Episode 509: Panel to Screen Comparison

HERE BE SPOILERS

After a few episodes spent back in Atlanta with an pretty much entirely new storyline at Grady Memorial, we’re able to make a few comparisons to the comic! Granted, tonight’s episode (click here for the full recap, we’re just hitting the big comparisons below) is still not a close match to events in the comic, but plot-wise I think it is very much in the spirit of the comic and the episodes that find Rick and company on the road. And obviously tonight’s death calls for a comparison. Let’s get started. Oh, and a warning that some of the comic panels below are pretty graphic.

SHIREWILT/WILTSHIRE

Here’s a cute one before we get to the nitty gritty. Robert had mentioned before that the community that Shane and Andrea scout on the show looking for Sophia was, in fact, Wiltshire Estates. So I guess they couldn’t name another place Wiltshire. But why not nod to the original walled community-turned-hell by switching the name up to Shirewilt?

Shirewilt-s

Both communities offer promise and both communities end in disaster. In the comic, Rick and his group find Wiltshire Estates very early on (Issue 8). Rick sees the walls and thinks that they’ll offer refuge from the undead. At this point he’s not even thinking about the human threat—he’s still naive. Well it doesn’t really matter because the community is already inhabited. By a ton of walkers. The group manages to escape, but barely, and not without losses.

Fun fact, it’s rumored that this sign outside Wiltshire (that was VERY unfortunately covered in snow when the group arrived) is the inspiration behind the classic “DO NOT OPEN/DEAD INSIDE” sign from the pilot:

all-dead-do-not-enter-s

EXIT TYREESE

TWD-Issue-46

Tyreese, he of the beanie and the hammer, was pretty different from the alpha male in the comic. Yes, he was also quick to anger, but he had given up violence for the most part and urged diplomacy and peace. He wasn’t really able to move into the role of Rick’s right hand man that he occupied in the comic. He also entered the story later and exited later, living well past the prison assault (which we compared here). Let’s take a quick look at both (the comic panels have been heavily truncated):

Tyreese-comparison-s

We see that Tyreese’s comic death (from Issue 46) was brutal, shocking, and a pivotal event in one of the largest story arcs in the comics (poor Hershel takes his place in the show). On the show, Tyreese’s death is almost serene. Yes, the confrontation with the walker is violent but we get to live with Tyreese and he dreams and dies. It’s utterly unlike any death on the show before.

And last, we’ve shown this before, but in the comic, Tyreese’s final appearance (outside his one-off issue), is as a decapitated walker head in Issue 49. They used this in the show as well, for his prison-death stand-in Hershel:

zombie-tyreese

  1. ronnyhaze February 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply
  2. KingDead February 8, 2015 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    R.i.p Tyreese that was a great exit for him

  3. BASTET. February 9, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

    This post was a stab in a fresh wound! Ack!

  4. MandieBea February 9, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Maybe it is just me because I am on my first reading of the comics and just got through this part. But Tyreese’s death brought flashbacks of Morgan’s death in the comics. Morgan was bitten on the arm, had it chopped off by Michonne and also lost a lot of blood before getting patched up by the Dr, then ultimately dying because of the bite/loss of blood. So the causation of their deaths are kind of the same, except that Tyreese never got patched up. But I also see similarities in this: Tyreese’s cause was to remain true to his humanity. He said that you may feel the rage building up in you over things that have happened in this world but you can’t let that overcome you. You have to hold on to the morals that humans had before this whole mess started. In the comic, Morgan delivers a speech to Carl, saying he knew the terrible thing he had to do in killing Ben, but he shouldn’t let that change him because ultimately he is a good person. He didn’t want Carl to lose that little piece of himself that was good. Which is what I think Tyreese fought for tooth and nail. Sooo, I don’t know if I am way off base on this or if I make sense. What do you all think?

  5. robertussen February 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply
  6. robertussen February 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    It was more comparable to when Donna got bit and died at Wlitshire. Tyrese in the show was more of a bitch than a badass. Where is the former Atlanta Falcon linebacker that we loved in the comic…. not on this show

  7. MandieBea February 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    In my opinion the only way it was more comparable to Donna was it was a similar setting.

  8. toffydaniel February 10, 2015 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Am I the only one here who thinks the show is hitting the shitter?

    I mean, for fucks sake… Some of the acting is turning unbearable, the dialogue is so fucking cliche and predictable to the point I find myself reciting what they’re about to say before they even say it… The only reason I keep watching this show is to see if they fuck up Negan just like they fucked up tons of fantastic moments from the comics.

    Frank Darabont had a great vision for this show, ever since AMC (acronym for Almighty Cunts) fired his ass for their greedy purposes, this show has been getting worse and worse…

    The only good thing left from this show is the makeup and special effects, but the show is not the same and will never be the same after Frank Darabont was fired.


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