Fans of the Walking Dead comic book will tell you that the TV series has some slight and not so slight changes to the characters and storylines. Series creator and producer Robert Kirkman says he’s enjoying getting to tweak things he originally did in the comics for the TV series and that he’s enjoying his chance to play George Lucas to his franchise.
“To a certain extent, I’ve told these stories before and I did them my own way in the comic book,” Kirkman told MTV News about his approach to the show. “I work on the TV show, I’m in the writers room, and it’s fun for me to look at it as a do-over. I can fiddle with things. I can play George Lucas, if you will, and I can think, ‘Well, what would happen if Shane had lived? How would that change things?'”
One big change is that in the TV version, Shane is still around. And he’s playing a pivotal role this season as well as having a very different character arc from the comics.
“Shane’s presence radically alters a lot of different things,” Kirkman warned of how the still-alive character will continue to change things. “Seeing how things are changed by his presence moving through the second season is a lot of fun for me. It ends up bringing in a lot of interesting twists and turns as you’ll see from watching the season.”