Long before The Walking Dead became one of the biggest shows on television, it was a popular comic book series. And in the years since, the two have become a pop culture juggernaut with an active conversation among fans about how the two differ.
Robert Kirkman‘s illustrated version can often serve as a way for viewers to predict what will happen in upcoming seasons — but the team running the show at AMC has also been careful to mix things up and keep fans on their toes. When you drill down, episode-by-episode, there are dozens of noticeable twists and turns on the TV version The Walking Dead; from subtle variances in the plot to the introduction of brand new storylines. Here are five of the biggest differences between the TV series and the comic books.
1. Some of our favorite characters don’t exist
There’s certainly no shortage of awesome heroes and villains in The Walking Dead comics, but that hasn’t stopped the TV series’ creators from introducing some original characters into the fold. Throughout its six seasons on AMC, The Walking Dead has offered up several newbies. Some, like Beth Greene and Deanna Monroe were created to serve as counterparts to important characters from the comics. Others, like Sasha and Noah, were brand new.
While some of these characters end up ultimately fading into the background, one new addition to the series has made an indelible impact: Daryl Dixon. Introduced in the first season, he’s gone on to become arguably the most popular character in the series’ history.