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I realise this doesn't have anything to do with Game of Thrones so feel free to ignore this annotation if you want.

I've been discussing a lot about what I don't like about The Walking Dead so far this week. I'd just like it to be known that I still enjoy the show and think it's got better written dialog and wider diversity in terms of female characters. The multiple protanonists are well suited to the TV format and the antagonists have more backstory and thus, are more believable in their actions. There, now I've annoyed both Show fans, and Comic fans.

MAJOR SPOILERS for The Walking Dead Season 5 (and previous) & for the comics already overtaken by the show.

In a strange way, the fact that the comic's characters get less screentime to demonstarte their backtory is to it's benifit. For instance, you see Allen, Donna and the Twins for a brief scene at the camp, at Jim's deathbed, and again in the gated community, and that's enough to establish their personalities before she get's bitten. Unlike in the show, we see the reprecussions of that on Allen and his sons for some time before Allen goes the same way three Volumes later and the Twins become unstable 6 Volumes after that. Not a lot of time is spent on them, but we get a clear idea of who they are and what they mean to each other. The TV show's version of this is an entire season on what is a couple of comics at Herschel's farm developing characters.

The focus of the comics is that it's not the zombies which are the real threat; it's the people. The Hunters and Woodbury are good examples of this, but it'a also seen in the group themselves. Those who survive the Prison are incredibly brutal in their relations with other groups, to the point of threatening to overthrow the peaceful Alexandria, just in case it turns into another Woodbury. This carrys forward to the show but we haven't reached the tipping point where the undead aren't considered a credible threat on their own.

I recently bought and re-read All Out War and, if I'm honest, I am looking forward to seeing what AMC makes of that plotline. Even if their approach to who lives/dies is a little off, and the major events pass by the protaginists like water off a hydrophobe, the show's depiction of events is enjoyable and exciting. It's no Game of Thrones, but it's by no means the worst TV show out there.

This concludes my nerd-rage.

There, wasn't that fun.

I promice to stick to my are of TV expertise from now on.

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