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As a reader of the comic, I was very impressed -- both by the show's faithfulness to the source, and by the ways it expanded upon and enriched it.
The "feel" -- as generated through cinematography (vast tracts of emptiness and the visualization of a world recently vacated), through sound (silence and stillness, punctuated occasionally by a lone zombie's guttural vocalizations), through acting (the disbelief, the slow acceptance, the horror overcome by desensitization, the unwillingness to lose all hope) -- was very effective, and very affecting. Very strong emotional resonance.
The zombies. The book zombies have no cerebral activity, no purpose, no memory, nothing but apparently autonomic responses to certain stimuli. The show zombies apparently are a bit different. In the book, Morgan's zombie wife would not be attached to her own house in any way. In other words, the book is "not about the zombies," but maybe the show will be, at least a little.
The characters. So far, so perfect. The book is a soap opera/melodrama with zombies, and there's no reason to expect the show to be any different, although it will probably have more action in it.
What will be interesting is how long the show can stick to the storyline of the book. I think about "True Blood" which has drifted quite a bit, particularly in terms of characters' fates, and wonder whether that might happen here. Although IMO the source material here is much stronger than the Harris books are.
But so far, I loved everything that was changed or expanded from the books, and found that having read them in no way detracted from the fun and drama of watching the show. I thought it was brilliant.