The Walking Dead 2.02 “Bloodletting” Comic-to-TV Comparison

Kevin Fitzpatrick October 23, 2011 6

The Walking Dead season 2 continues with its second episode “Bloodletting,” but how does it hold up to the comic book continuity? The group is split as Rick and Shane fight to save Carl’s life, while the others look for Sophia and Dale and T-Dog hold down the RV back on the freeway. So what’s next for The Walking Dead?

As AMC’s incarnation weaves in and out of storylines from the books and adds its own original characters and development, we’ve compiled an in-depth guide for fans of the comic as well as AMC’s The Walking Dead to enjoy. Check it out, and let us know your opinions of The Walking Dead‘s “Bloodletting” in the comments below!

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FLASHBACKS

AMC: Before we return to our zombie-filled present, Shane (presumably) flashes back to the afternoon where he told Lori of her husband’s shooting, moments before Carl gets out of school and learns the news himself. It makes for an effective parallel with Rick having to deal with Carl’s shooting in the present.

THE COMICS: As mentioned previously, The Walking Dead rarely relies on flashback, its only real trip into the past being issue 7′s opening, where Lori remembers her one-night stand with Shane as she looks over his grave.

 

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THAT DARN OTIS

AMC: Having seen the dramatic events of last week’s ‘What Lies Ahead,”Bloodletting’picks up immediately with Rick running for Hershel’s farm with Carl in his arms, as Shane helps Otis keep pace to point the way.

THE COMICS: Although it may have simply occurred off-camera, Rick went a bit off the rails once Carl had been shot, threatening and putting a gun in Otis’mouth before even realizing that Carl might still be alive.

 

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HERSHEL GREENE

AMC: The onscreen version of The Walking Dead’s Hershel seems a bit more traditional than his comic counterpart, but still maintains the core traits. He gained his knowledge of medicine from being a veterinarian, and readily helps young Carl. In moments alone with Rick, he mentions that he lost his wife and stepson to the ‘plague,’but believes man will survive the zombie apocalypse.

THE COMICS: Mostly the same, though the comic Hershel Greene carries a few differences (beyond the physical) in his first appearance. He too readily helps with Carl’s shooting, but lost his wife six years prior, had no stepson, and only took over the farm at the request of his dying father.

 

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MAGGIE GREENE

Lauren Cohan’s Maggie so far seems about every inch her comic counterpart, despite shorter hair and a bit more badassery with her horseback zombie kill. Of course, AMC’s Maggie has yet to meet Glenn, so we won’t be able to gauge her similarity to the comics that effectively just yet. Pretty, though!

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  • lenny

    it was so-so. i watched it later since the kids wanted to watch, Once upon a time, which i really enjoyed. i think this early in the series is already showing some writing problems.

    • http://www.tvovermind.com/author/tvkevlance Kevin Fitzpatrick

      What writing problems are you finding with the show?

  • Blake

    Personally, as a fan of both the show and the comics, I loved the episode.

    I like the pacing of the show so far, and I actually like that they're playing up Carl's injury a little more. Unlike the comic, the show is all about drama and cliff hangers as well as, it seems, displaying the ongoing change in the dynamic of the relationships of the group. Having Carl take a clean shot to the shoulder doesn't do any of the above.

    I will say, though, that I'm disappointed that they didn't include Tyreese in this, though it seems that Shane is going to take on a lot of Tyreese's role, which should make for an interesting dynamic later on.

    • http://www.tvovermind.com/author/tvkevlance Kevin Fitzpatrick

      Agreed, there's alot more tension and drama in the AMC version. It's weird to think, looking back over 90 issues that characters have come and gone so often, you barely had time to get to know someone like Shane. Some people say the season is off to a slow start, but a lot can happen very quickly.

      Shane does seem to be filling a bit of Tyreese's role, but the man could always pop up in another season. Tyreese didnt have much to add in the beginning beside his relationship with Carol, and his daughter and her boyfriend, but the "opting out" concept has already been given a lot of attention on the show.

  • eforhan

    Love this feature even though I've (or because of?) never read the comics. I hope you're able to continue with 203 and beyond.

    • http://www.tvovermind.com/author/tvkevlance Kevin Fitzpatrick

      Thanks so much for reading!