Creator Robert Kirkman Vocal About Deviating from the Source Material on 'The Walking Dead'
Many of The Walking Dead's biggest fans are adamant that the show is most compelling when it sticks to the script. This script being the comic book series the show is based off. That being said, the creator of the series Robert Kirkman is the show's biggest advocate for changing things up.
The showrunner for the AMC hit calls the show a "remix" of the books, explaining that "that's something we proved when I started on the show and [Kirkman] and I were sitting in the room and I was a writer and producer.
"I was always wanting to hew as close to the comics as possible, and Robert was wanting to deviate to provide the readers with a new experience." While the show sticks to the blueprints, certain characters replace others on the chopping block and often all new storylines will sneak in (Beth's Atlanta arc is a particularly sour one.
"Over the years, I integrated it with my own thinking, as long as we fulfill the spirit of the comic story," Gimple explains. "We are looking to generate the same emotions and have a very direct interpretation of moments in the book — even if it’s completely different — but still achieving the comic story. That’s what I’ve followed all these years, and at the end of Season 6, it’s very much in line with that."
The series returns on October 23.