Game of Thrones has a thread for those who read the books, so I figured "The Walking Dead" should have one too. If you are caught up on Walking Dead Graphic Novels, or at least to the point where the show is now (or somewhere in between), I'm sure there is plenty you want to discuss but really can't in the regular thread. So I'll get this started:
I realize the show has limitations and what not and may have differences from the way the book goes, but having said that, the fact that Shane meets Herschel and is still alive, to me, is beyond ridiculous. The show has taken too long to get to the pregnancy angle, but importantly, they are obviously too afraid to kill off a main character. This is especially bothersome because, in the Walking Dead in print, anyone can die at any time. This is a theme of the series. And sure enough, they do. In the show? Not so much, especially when it comes to the main characters we are getting invested in. That to me screams that the TV show is being more formulaic than the books.
In the show, it seems like the producers are too scared to kill off Shane. This is unlike, say, Game of Thrones, who killed off its main character, just as it happened in the book. Keeping Shane alive thus far reminded me of Heroes: Heroes was supposed to be a revolving cast of characters, but when the producers picked up on the fact that the viewers loved such characters as Hiro and Sylar, they didn't kill them off/ dump them. Rather than stick to your original storyline (in this case, a long running comic book series), Walking Dead seems to follow the usual TV pattern where main characters we are invested will never die.
Am I way off base in being critical of Shane still being alive in the Walking Dead? I didn't have a problem as much with the CDC storyline (Even though it is nowhere to be found in the graphic novels), especially because when they wrote that for the TV show, they didn't know if the show would last. The CDC angle was a way to close that arc out (so if it needed to be a series/mini-series, it kinda sorta works), and also leaves open future seasons.
Having Shane still alive, meeting Herschel, involved with Otis, etc, just feels like blasphemy.
Any other positive or negative critiques of the series from those who have either some or big time familiarity with the print series?