Over the weekend I read the latest issue of The Walking Dead comic and in the letters column, a fan basically said he wouldn’t be reading the book anymore. He blamed the TV show because to him, they weren’t separate entities. What happened in one, affected the other and the TV show had gone so far outside what the characters were doing in the comic, he wouldn’t support either.
I find this to be a very over the top response.
The first episode was an almost word for word, shot for shot version of the early issues of the comic. When I tuned in for the next episode, I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen. And then exactly what thought would happen, didn’t happen exactly.
Old characters were popping up in new places and they had friends I’d never seen before. This sort of thing repeated until the storyline was going it’s own way.
Well, it’s still a good story, just not the same story. And it’s hung on to all the major plot points of the comics so far.
This is great for a viewer like me because I get to still be in suspense for what’s coming next AND I have the added suspense of not knowing how they’re going pull off major events from the comics. And I suppose this would work in reverse for a fan of the TV show who decided to read the comic.
My point is, I’m not so tied to the source material that I refuse to accept a different version of the same story. To me, there’s nothing to lose. If it’s not good, I don’t have to watch it (That’s right, despite Jack Nicholson’s superb performance, I’m looking at YOU The Shining. And I know, it wasn’t a TV show, but that one still hurts. Grrr). If it’s good, I’ve just gotten a sweet bonus.
Any thoughts? How much rope will you give a show before you cut the cord?