"The Walking Dead" is heading into the end of season three with the promise of the escalating war between Rick and The Governor. According to Hitfix.com on March 2, producer David Alpert said the series is headed into some dark places.
Comic book creator Robert Kirkman also mentioned that the show will continue to pull some aspects from the comic book, while also trying to create some new storylines that is unique to the television series. An example of something new is the entire Merle and Daryl story, since neither man existed in the comics.
Also new was the fate of the prisoners, the death of Lori at the hands of Carl, and the entire Shane storyline from the first two seasons. "The Walking Dead" has already hinted at adding some more of the comic book elements as the series wears on, including introducing Tyreese a couple of weeks back. Tyreese was one of the biggest characters in the first half of the comic's run.
However, one danger area from Alpert's hints at "darkness" and Kirkman's insistence at the elements of the comics remaining the same is shock just for the sake of shock. Kirkman has been known to graphically kill a fan favorite character in the comics just for shock purposes and to prove that anyone can die. The comic books have always been much darker than the television series, which is important to keep the wide range of viewers who watch the show.
Are you hoping to see "The Walking Dead" travel to dark places or is that something that would make you want to quit watching completely? Let me know below.
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