Posted: 5:06 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
By Gina Carbone
Before he became The Walking Dead's latest showrunner, Scott Gimple was a serious fanboy of the comics. So he must've been particularly stoked for the arrival of three new characters In Season 4, Episode 10: Abraham Ford, (Michael Cudlitz) Eugene Porter, (Josh McDermitt) and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos).
Scott previewed their intro in the recent TV Guide magazine, saying, "We're going to get prologues to their greater stories. Their epic stories are still to be told. They're going to be a big part of this season, but they're a huge part of other characters' stories. If the first moment we see them isn't familiar to the fans of the comics — oh boy, I might pass out. I think it's going to be a very iconic moment."
No need for smelling salts, it was pretty familiar. All you have to do is look at the cover of The Walking Dead Issue #53 to see the three characters in the same stance they had at the end of Episode 10. Abraham has his gun up, Rosita has her hand on her hip, and Eugene is even clutching his radio in a similar way.
This season has already seen a lot of comic book action, particularly on the Episode 9 midseason premiere, which was a very close adaptation from the books. That ep was written by Robert Kirkman, who also writes the comic books. Scott previously told The Hollywood Reporter that RK is the one who usually likes to change things from the comics, whereas Scott himself likes to stay true to the exact story.
"Kirkman wound up loosening me up a little more about it, as far playing with different things going in different directions," Scott told THR back in July. "To tell you the truth, at this point with where the story is, anybody who's a big fan of the comic would see that we have to. It's funny, in some ways the things that divert from the comic this year have actually served being closer to the comic in some way. There's going to be some looping around to the comic and remixing. That's how I essentially look at it: It's a remix of the comic.”
We're expecting more remixed moments in the second half, including perhaps some dark stories from the comics. But it's true that a lot of stuff has to change, since even back in Issue #53, Andrea was the first one to see the trio and point a gun at them. Rick was also there, and "there" was Hershel's farm, since the group returned there after the prison battle. None of that is happening on screen. Andrea is already dead on TV, and a bunch of people from the comics who died by now are still alive, plus a bunch of new people who were never here at all.
But intros like this for Abraham and company are a nice nod to fans of the comic books. The show wouldn't be here without people, like Scott, who've been reading the books all along. Hopefully these new characters can shine even more on TV (and not get the Andrea treatment).
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.