Fanboy and fangirl prayers to Romero about The Walking Dead returning to its first season glory have been answered! For now at least.
My last post about The Walking Dead was anti-fangirl. Well, tonight’s episode poured me a big ol’ glass of Kool-Aid, and I drank every last drop.
Warning: comic spoilers and fangirl ravings ahead.
Aaron, the stranger from the end of last week’s The Walking Dead, tells the group that there is a true safe haven nearby and that he has chosen Rick & Co. to “audition” to become the newest members of the dancing troupe community after observing them from afar. Rick responds by knocking Aaron unconscious and taking Aaron prisoner for most of the episode1. Once Aaron’s story is verified by some of Rick’s group, the group decides to travel to Aaron’s community.
Things had better start getting awesome
Alexandria plays a huge role in The Walking Dead comic2. The group’s introduction to Alexandria is different between the show and comic, though, mainly because Terminus never existed in the comics. Because of Terminus, many of the characters and their reactions to Aaron/Aaron’s proposition are very different between the show and the comic. The most notable differences are between Rick and Michonne.
In the comic, Rick is the undisputed leader. His word is law, so much to a degree that he eventually becomes the leader of Alexandria – to no one’s surprise. Michonne is far more of a one-note character in the comic, staying a stoic and distant character for years because, for some reason, men still find writing complex female characters not worth their efforts. But that’s all changing with the show! On the show, the fracture’s in Rick are really starting to show. Michonne sees how clouded his judgment is and calls him on it. She is becoming human again and reminding Rick that he cannot afford to let the darkness inside him win, because that’s what a good friend and lieutenant does3.
Also, anyone who has watched past the pilot can tell you that this show has been lacking in diversity. It’s truly exciting to see that the show is going to really incorporate a homosexual couple4. It’s also encouraging to see a woman, especially a woman who isn’t a rail-thin white woman with “I woke up like this” hair and make up, taking a leadership role.
This episode was as though The Walking Dead’s writers put the comic in a blender with the television show5. Characters from the comic and show are trading characteristics, mindsets, and actions, and it seems like it’s all for the better. The characters on the show are now set up for completely different storylines and interactions than they had/are having in the comic. Don’t pull a you, TWD writers, and completely destroy this amazing set up you’ve given yourself.
Go home, Walking Dead, you’re drunk
- Apparently, Southern hospitality died right around the time Sophia did. Too soon? ↵
- Rick & Co. have been there for years now, both in the years of the comic’s publication and in the story’s timeline. ↵
- Michonne is totally Rick’s lieutenant so don’t even bother trying to debate this ↵
- don’t let me down on this, Walking Dead writers. Aaron and Eric better have some real screen time because they play a significant role in the comics ↵
- You thought I was going to reference Rick hiding a gun in a blender before going to Alexandria, didn’t you? Well, TWD liberally uses red herrings so I figured I would too. ↵