The writers and producers behind The Walking Dead walk a difficult line. In the past, when a film company wanted to adapt a book series, fans of the flagship story expected to see a film version of the written tale. Today, however, things are much different. Fans want to see homage, various similarities, but also differences.
Basically, every decision that AMC’s version of The Walking Dead makes has the possibility of angering fans. That said, the Glenn and Abraham double-kill and the death of Carl Grimes were too much for many fans. At the same time, Daryl Dixon wouldn’t exist without this creative freedom for the AMC series.
Either way, these are 17 examples of when AMC’s The Walking Dead strayed drastically from the comic book by Robert Kirkman. For the most part, the televised version is changing up things to create a larger “why” for each comic book action.