Rick’s right hand saw its fair share of battle in “The Walking Dead” comic. First, Rick mangled it while beating the snot out of serial killer Thomas after witnessing him try to murder Andrea. Who knows what would have happened if Tyreese hadn’t stopped him from taking the murderer’s life — his hand could have been damaged beyond repair. Not that it mattered in the long run. The Governor would eventually hack it off with a machete when meeting Rick and trying to get him to reveal the location of the prison (it didn’t work).
So far, the show has kept both of Rick’s paws intact, despite some superficial injuries here and there (he most recently sliced it open while scuffling with a walker in “Thank You”). While it’s very possible that he could lose his hand in the future, “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman has also expressed regret at making the move in the comics, as it’s presented a ton of logistical challenges when writing. And let’s face it, the show already has enough to worry about in the upcoming seventh season.
9. Denise’s romance with Tara
There are certainly more strong LGBTQ characters on television today than there were 20 or even 10 years ago, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of equal representation onscreen. So kudos to “The Walking Dead” writers for changing Denise Cloyd’s attraction to Heath to an attraction to Tara on the show. Their romance was cut rather short, however, thanks to Dwight accidentally sending an arrow through her eye this past season.
Although Denise does eventually die much later in the comics, her demise on the series drew a fair amount of criticism for reinforcing the TV trope known as “Bury Your Gays” or “Dead Lesbian Syndrome.” Making things worse was the fact that her death was originally meted out to Abraham, a character who (as far as we know) remains alive on the show. When reviewing her death episode, “Twice As Far,” I expected her departure would be significant in the grand scheme of things, especially since it increased the threat of Negan and The Saviors. But since that storyline landed with a thud at the end of Season Six, Denise now feels like another straw man they simply wanted to get out of the way.