After jumping right back into The Walking Dead this month, and with the demise of another fan favorite character, I thought I'd take a look back at some of the deaths of our other lead characters and how they differ from page to screen.

Now, we all know that there are huge differences between the books and the TV series at this point, but not everyone knows just how different things have been all along. We're dealing with two very different beasts and a lot of the characters stories and even deaths differ greatly between the two mediums.

The sad death of Glenn on the TV series (or apparent death for all you theorists/optimists out there) came in a very different form to what I was expecting. So with that in mind, I'm going to be taking a quick look at just how different some of the deaths have been.


In the TV series, poor old Dale (the moral center of the group),met his end at the hands (or jaw) of a walker during season 2. He became a big part of the group and his death scene was, and still is, a powerfully heart breaking one, as you can see in the video below.

However, In the books, he lived for a long time past those peaceful farm days, and Dale's story has differed greatly from the show. Dale himself was even in a very heated and serious relationship with Andrea in the comics. He was a strong voice of leadership within the group, but eventually, passed on due to a walker bite. Well, a second walker bite, as Dale had already been attacked outside the prison and then had a walker bite his ankle from under a car - all of which led to him passing out and having his leg gnawed on until he woke. Some people have all the luck ey?

But he did pass away in his sleep with his love by his side, who then made sure he was dead to prevent him coming back.


In the series Shane rapidly turned into one of the more unlikeable characters. He fell in love with his best friend's wife (who he may or may not have knocked up). The guy constantly bullied and threatened others within the group and became more of an animal than anything else. His character and story didn't differ too much from the books - he was a tool in both version. His Death was just compacted into a shorter time frame for the show.

But it was his death that differed, or at least the zombie version of Shane's death was different. In the series, Shane and Rick get into a heated argument and Shane threatens to kill Rick. This is similar to the comics, Shane pulls his gun on Rick and after a few heated words, Carl gets protective, and shoots shane in the neck, killing him.

It is only when the group later learn that you don't need a walker bite to turn, that Rick returns to Shane's grave and digs him up. Upon digging him up, Rick discovers that he is indeed a walker and shoots him in the head.


Perhaps one of the more painful deaths in both the TV series and comic book, is that of Lori Grimes. In the series, as you can see in the video below, she has to have an emergency c-section to deliver her baby daughter. But sadly, she passed away and Carl had to shoot his mother before she could turn.

In the books though, her death is a lot more violent and something I'd probably guess is far too grim for television. During the attack from the governor and his men, a girl named Lilly shoots Lori in the back whilst she is trying to run away. It gets worse though, as she is shot while carrying her baby daughter and the blast rips through them both. Lori's body subsequently falls on top of her small child and they both die.

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