This week we have a medium-faithful episode I would say. Character-wise and plot-wise very much in step with the comic (almost everything in tonight’s episode is covered in Volume 12: Life Among Them), with some stretching. The biggest difference is Rick’s level of mistrust. In the comic he also doesn’t trust Aaron but they overcome it without too much action. In the show Rick goes to much greater extremes (checking the cars, leaving at night, changing the route, etc). So let’s check it out.
I didn’t want to talk too much about Aaron’s purpose last week, for people who haven’t read the comic (who ARE you people?!). But this week we see that he is indeed recruiting for his walled community. Rick greets Aaron the same way in both the comic and the show:
Rick does this a few times in the comic. He loves knocking new people out. You can also see that Michonne inherits Abe’s post-punch line. I guess she’s more Rick’s right-hand man at this point.
In the comics Aaron also has a strong relationship with his partner, Eric. This hasn’t changed, although Eric didn’t break his ankle.
Also, it was Eric that had the listening device, not Aaron. And it wasn’t a huge deal in the comic.
Pretty similar between the two, Michonne is the voice of reason. She tempers Rick’s mistrust by pointing out that Aaron offers real hope.
THE ROAD TO ALEXANDRIA
As mentioned in the intro, this probably is the most different from the comic, but that doesn’t mean a big scene wasn’t pulled from the comic! In Volume 10: What We Fear, Rick, Carl, and Abraham are returning from Rick’s hometown with Morgan when they encounter a herd and proceed to plow through it.
Look familiar? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I also think this is the first time Rick encounters a massive herd.
Although they just catch a glimpse of DC in the show, in the comic it’s MUCH different. Guess you should read if you want to know…
I guess the brush with DC in the comic is kind of changed to the zombie pile-up and forest chase to the water tower in the show.
And last, we have our first glimpse of Alexandria:
A little more grandiose in the comic but the walls and gate are pretty similar. And I think in the show they want to keep what’s on the other side of the wall a little more mysterious…
That’s it for this week! What other biggies did we miss?!?!