Top 5 Comic Book Moments We May Never See in AMC’s The Walking Dead

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by Rich Stambolian

in Comics, The Walking Dead

If you’re a Walking Dead fan who reads the comic and watches the show, you know that they are vastly different. They parallel each other in an interesting way.

The show/comic dynamic makes you kind of think that the show is the other story Robert Kirkman could have told. That being said – you have surprises on the show that were not in the book AND you have things in the book that will likely never be in the show.

Here are the top five moments that we may never get to see on AMC’s The Walking Dead:

Spoilers ahead!


Carl shooting Shane

This was one of the more shocking moments in the early run of The Walking Dead. Carl killed Shane for reasons that again paralleled the show.

carl shooting shane walking dead

image source: Comic Vine

As a fan I was somewhat disappointed to see the Shane/Rick dynamic end without Carl busting a cap in Shane (is it still cool to say that?…was it ever cool to say that?). That is one moment that I think would have made for excellent TV (although Carl shooting Zombie Shane was a nice nod).


Andrea hooking up with Dale

This was one of the things in the comic that made the fans breathe a sigh of relief. AMC’s Andrea is very different from her counterpart in the comic. Both are prominent female leads but comic Andrea is a certified badass that doesn’t really need anything except the comfort of a loved one.

walking dead andrea dale

TV Andrea is almost despicable. Since Dale died on the show we will never get to see that unexpected relationship come to fruition and that’s a damn shame.


Dale’s Death

Dale dying on TV was one thing but Dale being eaten by cannibals while he was infected with the zombie plague was a thing of beauty.

walking dead dale

As a certain Stan “The Man” once uttered; “Nuff said”.


Carl getting half of his face blown off

Seriously, does this really need an explanation? Unless AMC fast forwards this event to this season or the next, the TV viewing populace will never witness one of the most heart wrenching moments of the comic book. Just when you think he might be dead the little guy just gets half of his face shot off – literally.

Carl walking dead comic



Negan is quite possibly the biggest baddie that the survivors have ever faced. It is so far beyond what AMC’s version of Rick’s crew is dealing with right now. At the pace the show is moving, we may never get to see this big bad on camera.

walking dead negan


Honorable mention:

Rick losing his hand

The Governor/Michonne unwanted love affair


AMC’s The Walking Dead returns from mid-season hiatus this Sunday, February 10 at 9PM.

Rich Stambolian (@btcrich) can be found in his native habitat of Flushing, Queens. When he’s not in the wild he enjoys a good comic book, a good rasslin’ match, a video game or two, and maybe an ice cold sud.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin Hellions February 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

“Unwanted love affair”. I mean that’s one way to put it. Kind of takes the power out of it though.


Dandy D February 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

Great post. I watch the show but haven’t picked up the books yet


Howie Decker February 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I’m the same as you. I think I’ve let the show shape my perception of WD too much to fully appreciate the books at this point. I’m working on picking up other books that might turn into series, like Locke & Key


zedhatch February 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

A huge part of me doubts we will ever see the torture sequence between Michone and Gov. at this point (not sure if that was what you meant by unwanted love affair or if it was the Gov to Michone or both). Shame as it was such a riveting sequence and was very well written (with Michone’s torture being off panel and Governor’s being full assault to the senses).

Andrea is not likable at all IMO on the TV show, sadly she is my overall fav character in the comic.


Howie Decker February 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

as a cmoic fan who has never read an issue of TWD but is a big fan of the show, would you recommend I pick up the compendium? Or leave it be at this point since I enjoy the show?


Rich Stambolian February 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I would recommend reading all of the source material as it’s pretty rockin’!


jhgf December 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

so…. Negan will be in the tv show. Kirkman confirmed it 🙂


HowardTheDeck December 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm



Brett February 15, 2016 at 11:17 am

Wrong on at least one account. Bye Bye Carl’s face!


Ryan B February 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Yep! Lol how old is this? And Negan is coming this season. Now it just seems like they’re rushing things….


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