The Walking Dead 2.03 “Save the Last One” Comic-to-TV Comparison

The Walking Dead season 2 continues with its third episode “Save the Last One,” but how does it hold up to the comic book continuity? The group is still split as Shane and Otis fight off walkers at the high school desperately trying to retrieve medical supplies for Carl, while Rick, Lori, Hershel, Maggie and Glenn hold things down at the farm and the other survivors continue the search for Sophia. 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 “Save the Last One” in the comments below!

The Walking Dead Season 2 - Save the Last One


AMC: Oh, sure, it’s a small point to ponder, but it’s of interest to note that Hershel’s farm has a full-access shower, and working electricity to accommodate Shane’s dramatic head-shaving, as well as enough lighting for Carl’s surgery. Where are they getting that power?

THE COMICS: Showers weren’t quite as difficult to come by for the Image Comics survivors, as Dale’s camper featured a functional shower, which utilized whatever water was available. And while it wasn’t explicitly mentioned, we’re pretty sure most electrical grids would have failed, and Hershel’s farm featured far fewer modern conveniences.

The Walking Dead Season 2 - Save the Last One


AMC: Rick and Lori never stray too far from Carl’s bedside (especially with Rick’s blood donation), and actively engage their young son in his brief return to consciousness before a seizure. He doesn’t make much mention of his own shooting, and later pulls through the operation with flying colors.

THE COMICS: As we mentioned in our comparison of ‘Bloodletting,’Carl’s injuries were far less severe in the comics, and it didn’t take long for Hershel to patch him up. Rick and Lori of course stayed by his bedside, and once awake, Carl asked for his (father’s) hat, not remembering that he’d been shot. He was even greeted by Sophia, who had taken quite a liking to her friend at that point.

The Walking Dead Season 2 - Save the Last One


AMC: More than simply embarking on a dangerous mission to the school to retrieve the badly-needed medical supplies for Carl, Otis actually proves something of a hero in his own right by courageously leading the walkers away from Shane, and even returning to take out one advancing on his partner!

THE COMICS: Sure Otis took his accidental shooting of Carl rather harshly, but he didn’t make a habit of much heroic behavior, or even prove that handy. Most of his time was spent with his girlfriend Patricia, or being vaguely racist.


  1. eforhan November 3, 2011
    • Kevin Fitzpatrick November 3, 2011
  2. Dom Bolton November 3, 2011
    • Kevin Fitzpatrick November 7, 2011

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