“The Walking Dead” television show is brought to life from the pages of the insanely popular comic book of the same name. Most everyone knows that by now. What some people might not know, though, is that the show isn’t following the comic page-by-page — the show has given us characters and situations we never saw in the comics, and when it comes to which characters live and die, well, that’s changed somewhat, too. For instance, if you’ve been watching season three then you know Lori Grimes died during child birth. She also dies in the comic, but in a dramatically different way.
This spoiler-filled read will showcase some of the events and deaths in the comic, so if you’re into spoilers, keep on reading.
Oh, Shane, Shane, Shane. If he hadn’t been diddling Rick’s wife, and if he hadn’t gone completely crazy, maybe he’d still be around today.
How he dies:
In the show, Shane is stabbed in self-defense by Rick, and dies. But then he reanimates as a zombie and is put down with a shot to the head by Carl.
In the comic, it mostly plays out the same way: Shane, in a jealous fit, lures Rick away from the camp and is about to kill him… When Carl shoots Shane in the neck, saving his dad’s life.
Sophia is Carol’s daughter, and in the television show, is the only other child besides Carl in the group of Atlanta survivors.
How she dies:
In the show, Sophia gets separated from the group in season two, and they spend almost all of the season looking for her. That’s when they come across Hershel’s farm, and his family’s dirty little secret: They’re keeping walkers locked in the barn, in hopes that a cure will be able to save the souls of their zombie loved ones. When Rick and the group learn about the secret, they take to the barn for a zombie massacre. Unfortunately, Sophia is among those in the barn, and Rick is the only person who can put her down.
In the comic, Sophia is still alive and well! She’s not being cared for by her mom, however, but we’ll get to that shortly.
Dale is one of the fan-favorite characters in the comic, and fortunately for readers he lasts a lot longer than he did in the show.
How he dies:
In the show, Dale gets bit by a walker in season two, and begs the group to put him out of his misery. Daryl Dixon does what needs to be done and the group realizes they just suffered a large blow to their moral compass.
In the comic, Dale is a much more substantial character. Not only does he serve as a moral compass, but he and Andrea have a relationship. Dale also loses a leg to a walker bite, much how Hershel did in the television show. But his problems don’t end there. At a later time, he is bitten in the shoulder, and almost immediately after he is kidnapped by a group of cannibals. Dale wakes up to find his other leg has been eaten by the cannibals. Shortly after that, Rick, Michonne, Andrea and a comic-only (for now) character named Abraham track down the cannibals, kill them, and attempt to save Dale. But, being close to turning into a walker, Andrea puts Dale down.
Fans have a love-hate relationship with Lori, Rick’s wife. Well, I guess I should say had, since she’s dead now in both the show and comic. But! They loved to hate her because not only did she cheat on Rick with Shane while Rick was alone in the hospital, but she also got pregnant by Shane and didn’t abort the baby, and she basically pitted Shane and Rick against one another in season two, then got all huffy when she learned Rick killed Shane. Ugh. Lori! In the comic, though, she’s not so unlikeable.
How she died:
In the show, Lori dies while giving birth to her daughter in season three. Carl is then forced to shoot her in the head before she can reanimate.
In the comic, Lori survives the birth, but she doesn’t survive the prison story arc. When the Governor attacks the prison, Lori is running away from the gunfire with her daughter in her arms, and this happens:
Glenn is my favorite character in the comic, and I think the best of him is yet to come in the television show. He’s one of the longest surviving members of the Atlanta group, and his ability to sneak in and out of places is uncanny. He’s a true asset to his friends and loved ones, Maggie and Sophia included.
How he died:
Good news is Glenn is still alive in the show. Bad news is he suffered a horrible death in the 100th issue of the comic book at the hands of a character named Negan, and his barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat named Lucille. See, Rick and company find a nice settlement with other survivors and think everything is fine until he learns of Negan, who has his own group called the Saviors. They’re some bad people, and they terrorize the settlements. When Rick’s group gets on Negan’s bad side, the Saviors ambush them and Negan randomly chooses one of the characters (Rick, Carl, Maggie, Sophia, Glenn) to kill. He chooses Glenn and beats his head in with Lucille.
The Hershel in the television show is still alive and kicking… Kind of. I mean, he only has one leg so he’s not doing too much kicking, but you know what I mean. In a lot of ways, he’s playing the role Dale did in the comic book.
How he dies:
In the comic, Hershel doesn’t survive the Governor’s attack on the prison, and is killed by the Governor.
Carol is a tormented character and has had a rough time in the television show. First she has to suffer her abusive husband. Then she fears the worst when her daughter goes missing. And then the worst came true when she sees her zombiefied daughter emerge from the barn, moments before Rick shoots little Sophia in the face.
How she dies:
Carol’s still around in the show, albeit she’s missing at the moment and the group thinks she’s dead. In the comic, though, Carol just goes crazy and allows herself to be killed by a zombie during the prison story arc.
The Governor is one of the meanest villains to ever be written into a comic. He’s vile and ruthless and fans of the television show might be surprised to see how crazy the Gov really is. Of course, who knows if everything the Governor does or goes through will be shown in the show, but so far we’re getting a great look at him.
How he dies:
Obviously he’s still alive in the show, though I expect that to change by the season’s end. In the comic, he causes an insane amount of damage to Rick and his survivors. In the comic, Michonne and Andrea don’t meet the Governor how it happens in the show. Andrea, in fact, is never separated from the group, and Michonne joins up with them at the prison. When Rick learns about the Governor, Michonne is sent out on a recon mission. But, sadly, she’s captured and is repeatedly beaten and raped by the Governor and his men. Michonne eventually is set free, but before she leaves Woodbury she takes one of the Governor’s eyes and one of his arms. You know, as souvenirs.
After the Governor heals up he attacks the prison, killing a large number of Rick’s group. When all hope seems lost, one of the Governor’s own, Lilly, turns coat and blows his brains out.