Originally Posted by WilliamR
Like I have said before, since it is a TV medium, it would have to change. People become WAYYYYY more invested in on-screen characters then they do in a comic book. You see them week after week (not a smaller audience on a monthly graphic novel). They would need to have the untouchable list, like the main characters that will not be killed. They can be tight situations, other outlying characters can die (once in a while) but to make an audience member love a character and be a massive fan only to yank that away from them over and over and over again, people are going to say, forget it, why bother. Bad things can happen, they can get in bad situations, loose a lot of stuff, etc. it doesn't have to be all perfect and they can't do wrong, but you can't ram this down people's throat time and time again. Why invest your time if that person is going to die? People will, and have, tune out. The show has to adapt and show them struggling, winning, struggling, perhaps loosing, etc. but not to the point of the brutality and the huge number of character deaths as this show has.
I beg to disagree on the "untouchable" front. That is what is wrong with quite many shows, and it leads to disjointed and uninteresting writing. On a show that has an untouchable lead, IF they put that lead in mortal danger, it is completely uninteresting to me because I know he isn't going to die. When you know the character is untouchable, there is no real danger, and the plot-point becomes far less interesting.
That said... for the most part, Rick is untouchable. He was the first character shown in the comic... mostly the first character shown on TV too. It's really told from his point of view pretty much. So, Rick is about as untouchable as it gets on this show. I find the show much more interesting when it puts other people in peril, because you know they might be ready to write that character off the show. They haven't followed the comics exactly, so there have been some surprises... even characters dead on the show AND dead in the comics didn't necessarily die in the same way or at the same time on the show.
Joss Whedon famously introduced a character or two on Buffy and Angel back in the day with the expressed intent of getting people to like them and then killing them off. He said something along the lines of IF it bothered you when he had those characters killed off, then he did his job. Killing a character you don't care about is meaningless... but killing one you care about, makes an impact. That's storytelling. It's actually one of the stronger things about the Walking Dead. Knowing that they might kill a character you like and you might not see it coming, especially if you haven't read the comics to be expecting it.