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Adapting any sort of novel into a television series is far from easy. And this process is made even more difficult when the series of novels is still being written while the show is being produced. Just ask Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin, as the popular HBO series has now surpassed the timeline of the novels, potentially spoiling Martin's last few books in the process. And with AMC's The Walking Dead reaching the comic's iconic "All Out War" storyline, some fans are worried that the apocalyptic drama may suffer the same fate.
With some plans we have for the future, I don't think so. I think it's unlikely, but it depends where the book stops.
There we go, folks. It looks like The Walking Dead comic series is showing no signs of slowing, and neither is the hit TV show of the same name.
Of course, writing a new issue of The Walking Dead comics is probably far easier than the extremely detailed and long installments of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, which Game of Thrones is based off of. Martin describes every frame of each chapter, and elaborates on the long and complicated mythos that he's created. As such, he's been releasing these novels since the 90's, and he takes years and years to write each new installment.
Robert Kirkman has been vocal about George R.R. Martin's follies in allowing the TV series to possibly ruin his novels, and now it looks like he's steadfast in his dedication to ensure this doesn't happen to The Walking Dead.
Of course, The Walking Dead comics has a much easier process, and Robert Kirkman seems to have no shortage of thrilling and horrifying twists and turns for Rick Grimes and company. Additionally, the TV series expands characters and scenarios in ways that the graphic novels don't, meaning that some comic book issues can be milked across multiple episodes. Kirkman elaborated:
I don't know if anyone sat down to do the math, but if the show is gaining on the comic book, it's at a very slow pace. We're expanding storylines so every now and then we zip through the comic book, and then we slow down for a while and add a bunch of stuff that's not in the comics. There's not any danger of that happening in any way.
This seems to make perfect sense, especially if you wanted this past season of The Walking Dead. Nearly every installment in Season 7 was a capsule episode, focusing on one location and just a few characters at a time. This brought the pacing of the series to a screeching halt, although the finale was extremely satisfying. If TWD continues this slow pace, there should be 0 chance of the show surpassing the comics.