As similar as Season 6 was to the comics, there were also a lot of chaotic moments that the show altered or left out. We’ve broken down the 10(ish) biggest differences between The Walking Dead Season 6 and the comics. Enjoy.
1. None of This Happened
Sorry, but in the comics Rick never hatched a plan to divert the walkers, Carol (who’s dead in the comics) didn’t go Assassin’s Creed on the Wolves (who aren’t in the comics), Enid (not in the comics) never escaped, Glenn was never fake-killed, Morgan never got trained by a Jedi, Glenn & Maggie never got trapped in a sewer, Daryl (not in the comics) didn’t meet Dwight in the woods, Sasha (not in the comics) didn’t go on a supply run with Abraham, The Saviors were never blown up by an RPG, Rick and Michonne never hooked up (he’s with Andrea), the gang never mass-killed Saviors in their sleep, Carol (still not alive in the comics) never got captured in a Saw-like room, Rosita never went on a supply run, and Morgan (dead in the comics) and Rick never went out together. WHEW…was that even a sentence?
BUT…a lot of other crazy stuff happened instead! Let’s dive in:
Forget Richnonne. As unlikely as it seems Morgan and Michonne were actually a romantic item for a hot second. They slept together, argued about guilt and leaving the past behind, and then slept together again. They were close until the very end, but we’ll get to that later. Couple name: Michorgan.
Despite her romantic storyline with Tara in the show, Denise’s comic character is straight. In fact, one of the ongoing relationships through this story arc and beyond is the relationship between her and Heath. As early as Issue 79 the pair answer a door in their underwear together, implying their romance. From then on they stayed together and comforted one another in the most chaotic situations. Unfortunately, like Michorgan they stayed together until the brutal end. Couple name: Deneath.
3. Morgan’s Death
As wonderful as Morgan’s character development has been throughout the season his comic version was killed relatively early in this story arc. In Issue 82 Morgan’s bit by a zombie during an attack and Michonne is forced to amputate his arm. Dr. Denise Cloyd attempts to save him but he succumbs to the fever and dies with Michonne by his bedside. Emotional, Michonne is forced to stab him in the head before he re-animates.
4. Carl’s Eye
In the show Carl was shot by Jessie’s son Ron, who was aiming for Rick but misfired when Michonne stabbed him from behind. IN THE COMICS Carl is accidentally shot by Douglas (the male version of Deanna) who wildly fires his gun as walkers consume him. One of the bullets strays and hits Carl in the eye in one of the most iconic moments in the series. (Side note: in the comics Jessie only has one son (Ron) who’s eaten (like Sam in the show) after making too much noise during the walker invasion.
5. Carl’s Memory Loss
Carl didn’t just wake up, jump out of his bed, and start arguing about toothpaste with Michonne. In the comics, Carl’s in a coma for WEEKS with Rick stationed by his bedside (he even admits to Denise he doesn’t believe Carl will make it). After a few “I think he’s awake!” false alarms, Carl finally regains consciousness. Unfortunately, he experiences mild amnesia and Rick has to remind him of his surroundings. To Rick’s dismay, Carl seems apathetic by all the grim news of his loved ones passing.
Rick, who’s emotionally spent, begins to despise Carl for not sharing his grief over Lori’s death. He even breaks down in tears during a supply run and admits to Andrea he fears he’s lost Carl because of it. Thankfully, she snaps him out of his funk and Rick’s later able to reconcile with Carl and get things semi-back to normal.
Believe it or not, a large chunk of the comic storyline Season 6 covered happened during THE WINTER. Since The Walking Dead has taken place over a couple of years AND the group has moved farther north it’s only natural that they’d run into a snowflake or two. So, why didn’t they represent winter in the show?
Executive Producer Scott M. Gimple discussed the issue with Entertainment Weekly back in 2015. “It’s a hard one and one that we struggle with,” says Gimple. “In the comics, the seasons have been represented — not all the time, but there’s been some really notable moments in the snow and even in autumn really. That’s a challenge for us, we’re thinking about it and figuring it out. Nothing could be further from winter than our shooting schedule. That’s a challenge, and there are certain things we balance. Just being able to make the show is a challenge.”
7. More Lori Hallucinations!
Rick has 99 problems and most of them are his romantic interests getting brutally killed in front of him. In the comics and show Rick perpetually conducts imaginary conversations with Lori to help him confront his past. In some comics, however, he continues this behavior well into this story arc. In some instances he envisions hearing Lori blame him for her and Judith’s deaths along with Carl’s injury. Although this wasn’t a step forward for his sanity, Rick got through it and put it behind him.
8. Abraham’s Death
Eugene and Abraham’s supply run got a LOT crazier in the comics than in the show. In the comics, Abraham discusses his former relationship with Rosita WHEN SUDDENLY he’s shot from behind by Dwight’s crossbow arrow. As you know, in the show it’s DENISE that receives his death, which came as a surprise because comic Denise NEVER went on supply runs (probably because she was too busy with Heath). This all leads us to…
9. Dwight’s Arrival
Following Abe’s death in the comics Eugene is captured by Dwight. Unlike the show, Dwight takes Eugene to the gates of Alexandria (and not a forest) and threatens to kill him if he and his Saviors aren’t allowed in to pilfer their supplies. A quick-thinking Eugene bites off Dwight’s member and Rick instructs his people to take out The Saviors in the chaos. Dwight manages to escape with a couple of his men. It’s this event that eventually leads to Negan’s own grim arrival.
10. Negan’s F***ing Cursing
We can’t lie, Negan’s speech at the end of Season 6 is spot.on. HOWEVER, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Negan’s most notable trait: his big f***ing mouth. Other than the cliffhanger it’s the one knock fans had against Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character. As AMC guidelines go, there’s not much wiggle room. BUT, some speculate his cursing will make it onto the inevitable Blu-Ray…but our guess is as good as yours.
What were YOUR favorite differences?? Let us know in the comments below and add any we might have missed!