'The Walking Dead' Showrunner Teases a Major Departure from the Comics
Despite confirmations in recent months that going forward, the show will stick closely to its comic book counterpart through the coming storylines, showrunner Scott Gimple is teasing some drastic changes going forward in comparison to the comics.
"This could be a huge departure from the book," Gimple said. "This could be it. There might not be a rebellion. I wouldn't want to say that there absolutely will be one, but I would also say it's not a crazy thing to posit that. As far as anything that could possibly move him towards that, if that even were to happen, this is definitely a wait and see."
It's no surprise that Gimple would want to divert expectations of Rick regaining his confidence and becoming the leader he needs to be again. While readers know what comes next, TV audiences would reap the benefits of going in blind. And it's clearly the intention of these early episodes to show that Rick and co. are outmatched and might actually not get out of this one alive and safe.
"The comic is absolutely the basis for the story moving forward and I've always followed the belief of following the story from the book," Gimple said. "That said, accentuating it in places and extrapolating things that are maybe even just mentioned in the book, playing them out even more fully, and then taking different elements from the book and sort of assigning them to different places really just to bring about some of the feelings and reactions I had when I initially read the book."