Kirkman’s comic books have provided the inspiration and basis for The Walking Dead for 10 seasons now as the AMC horror approaches its climax next
Kirkman’s comic books have provided the inspiration and basis for The Walking Dead for 10 seasons now as the AMC horror approaches its climax next year. At the forefront of the show was none other than Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) prior to his exit midway through season nine, although he still remains a prominent figure in the TWD universe with a series of spin-off films in the pipeline about the character. However, Kirkman’s now detailed how Rick’s story was almost over not too soon after it had begun.
Rick became the main man in The Walking Dead series and comic books from the get-go, introduced in the first instalments of both art forms.
TWD’s leading man has gone on to face his fair share of gripping, terrifying and bone-crushing storylines on-screen, whether it be the hair-raising threat of The Governor (David Morrisey) or his romance with Michonne (Danai Gurira).
But there was a particularly tense storyline which unfolded in the earlier seasons of the AMC horror which focussed on the love triangle between Rick, wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Shane (Jon Bernthal)
With Rick presumed dead in hospital when the Walker outbreak began, Shane had taken it upon himself to look after his wife and son Carl (Chandler Riggs).
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Inevitably, Lori and Shane ended up falling for one another as the months went on and he continued to protect her and Carl from the Walker threat.
Therefore, Rick’s return wasn’t exactly met with the warmest of receptions from Shane as his newfound romance with Lori unravelled.
Tensions bubbled and grew over the seasons, resulting in a deadly showdown between the two in which Rick killed Shane – and Carl having to take out his Walker form moments later.
However, this result on-screen was almost completely opposite in the comic books as creator Kirkman revealed he initially wrote for Shane to take out Rick.
Kirkman also touched on how the storyline would have developed with Rick out of the picture.
“Shane wouldn’t have known Carl had seen him, so there would have been a lot of tense exchanges between the two of them,
“Shane would have been the first real big villain in the book, and he would have been with the group, on the same side as them, the enemy sleeping the next tent over.”
So if Kirkman had gone through with his original plans, it’s fair to say The Walking Dead universe would look very different from what it does now.