Some people have legitimate complaints about the Walking Dead TV show. It's one of the most popular shows on television, with tons of fan theories, but even before AMC brought the zombie drama to the small screen, the story was already a very popular comic book series. Over the years, the TV series adapted the comics, sometimes following the source material very closely while straying on other occasions. Some of these deviations sit better with comic fans than others. In fact, the show has caught the ire of fans several times for straying too far from Robert Kirkman's books. And they have legitimate Walking Dead complaints.
Of course, one could argue that AMC has to find ways to keep the show surprising, even for those who have read the comics. But sometimes the network falls incredibly short of producing quality content.
Carl Was Supposed To Survive
To say that TV Carl is taken from us way too soon is an understatement. In fact, it's a downright outrage, considering Carl is a vital character after the war in the comic books.
Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman always sets Carl as Rick's successor, exploring plenty of interesting material with the young man, including his continued relationship with Negan. The older man acts as a mentor to the boy.
But comic book fans never get to see that on the show because Carl dies. It's a shock to everyone, even to actor Chandler Riggs. Forbes contributor Paul Tassi believes the entire show is falling apart. He writes:
The decision to kill Carl, was the wrong one, and it’s a death that I do not think The Walking Dead can recover from.The death of Carl feels like the death of hope on The Walking Dead.
Andrea Was Killed Off Too Soon
Fans of the Walking Dead TV show probably don't believe that Andrea is an awesome character in the comics. That's because her television counterpart is so helpless.
From mourning her sister, to arguing about living with Dale, to her weird relationship with the Governor, Andrea always seems sort of helpless on the show. She's eventually killed to move the story forward, but her death on the show is also pretty lame. The scene is agonizingly slow; she tries to free herself from a room while a walker slowly shambles toward her.
Even actress Laurie Holden thought Andrea's death was bad. She noted:
I think the departure from book Andrea to the screen was a mistake... I mean, it's not like I couldn't pull it off.
In the comics, Andrea lives way past the Woodbury incident and becomes Rick's most lasting love interest after Lori's death. Best of all, she's a true leader in the print version.
Negan Didn't Translate Well From The Comic To The Show
Negan's arrival is meant to take the TV series in an exciting new direction like it does in the comics. It doesn't happen in Season 7, though. And the entire season is criticized for being overbearingly grim and slow-paced. Negan is overused in the early episodes, so the audience grows weary of him. One show commentator said:
Negan is awful... That is not to say that he’s a bad guy, which he is, but that he is completely insufferable - neither fun nor compelling to watch. He is a played-out cliche of a character type wrapped around a personality that makes the zombies seem thoughtful. The performance is a cut-rate version of Heath Ledger’s Joker or, even worse, a cut-rate version of Jared Leto’s Joker.
Negan's insane antics and witty banter may work in the pages of the comic, but they certainly don't translate well on the small screen.
The Cliffhanger Was The Worst
Issue 100 of The Walking Dead comic is infamous for two reasons. It introduces Negan and plots the brutal death of Glenn Rhee. While the comic does a fantastic job of balancing both of these huge events, the TV series completely bungles it by ending the sixth season with a cliffhanger that's not worth the wait.
It's clear that the show ended with a cliffhanger in order to boost ratings for the seventh season. Ratings rose, but at what cost? Judging from the show's current numbers, the cliffhanger definitely took a toll on the audience's patience.