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Robert Kirkman Regrets This “Walking Dead” Finale

THR scored a juicy bit from “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, who reveals that he regrets the way Season One ended.

“If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have done the CDC episode [at the end of season one],” Kirkman told the site of the episode in which CDC doc Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) reveals to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that everyone is already infected.

The reveal came at an early stage for the zombie drama — which had yet to break out to become the ratings juggernaut it has become in season five.

“It possibly gave away too much information and was such a big change very early on in the series,” Kirkman said.

“I feel like there might have been a better way to wrap up the first season,” Kirkman says of AMC’s season-one finale. “It ended up being a fun episode. I love the character of Dr. Jenner and thought Noah did an amazing job. But there were things in that episode that I think seem very much not of The Walking Dead world.”

I was surprised this was what he would change, not the fact that Rick kills Shane instead of his son (like in the comic). To me, this destroyed Carl’s character – and by the time Carl was forced to kill his mother, it was too late.




  • Polsdofer

    I always told my friends i thought the Season finale should of been Rick finally locating his family in episode 6 instead of episode 3.

  • Khy

    I actually disagree. But what do I know? I’m not a comic reader so I can’t say what would’ve been better. But I actually liked Season 1 and disagree with the commenter below, I’m glad they didn’t drag that out until episode 6.

    • Yakushiji Tenzen

      The comic was thousands times better and still is. They never visited the freakin CDC and have the virus explained to them. They were in the dark the entire time and still are, though they obviously know by now that it only takes death to come back as a zombie. I still like the show because they have surprises to the comic readers, which is always cool. In fact I like any show about survival and zombie apocalypse. Z-nation is great because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it knows it’s a cheese-fest and that’s why it’s great.

  • J Jett

    i like how the finale ended. i like that we got to know that everyone is already infected. season 1 is pretty much perfect IMO.

  • chris

    I’ve read every single comic up to date, it is completely out of place in the world of the walking dead. It feels extremely foreign and nothing like the CDC or anything about the virus is ever connected to anything government. In the comics, Tyrese’s daughter kills hserself. She comes back as a walker. But she had no bites, that’s how they figure it out.

    Also to the writer, Carl is an extremely different character from the comic. They do not belong in the same world, it is like comic Carol vs tv Carol. Comic Carl is always stayed around the age of 10, whereas tv carl is already 16. He’s at the age of the “time lapse” in the comic, comic carl is deep down inside uncontrollably ruthless in despair (killing Ben, Negan shootout, killing both boys from Sophia), tv carl has somewhat become a protector and wise like a little hershel, they are not the same character. And i think that’s a good thing, because comic carl could not survive in the walking dead show reality, too many “risks” he takes that would ultimately just have everyone killed. Everyone would hate him, He essentially was the same at the beginning, but viewers hated him too much, they’re trying to save his character. Otherwise everyone will want him dead. And we both know what road that goes down eg “Andrea”

    To the writer of this Article, I have seen so many times you mention “the death of carl’s character” because of him not killing shane, please look into it more carefully. As i honestly feel they are trying to save him, he would not survive as comic carl. If you have read every single comic up to date. You should know this.

    Thank you.

  • Weresmurf

    “not the fact that Rick kills Shane instead of his son (like in the comic).”

    Grammar man, grammar! Seriously I’m no Nazi about it, but do you remember the time Rick killed Carl? I sure don’t! lol.

    • Jigsaw

      They weren’t saying Rick kills Carl in the comics, they were saying the fact that Rick kills Shane instead of his son killing him.

      • JoeInTheBox

        That’s the point. Grammatically what the original sentance was saying makes it sound like Rick killed Carl. It’s a grammatical error, not a factual one.

        • Jigsaw

          It still sounds accurate depending on how you read it. For some people it might make sense another way.

          • JoeInTheBox

            It does, but also because we know what happened in the comics. A non-comic reader might interpret that as Rick killing Carl. It just could have been worded better.

          • Weresmurf

            “Depending on how you read it”

            Exactly. That’s the point.

            Go help your uncle jack off a horse.

            Go help your Uncle Jack off a horse.

            See how grammar changes things?

          • SlimPickins420

            grammar exists so you dont have to leave things up to interpretation…. smh.

      • Weresmurf

        Nawwww REALLY? No der. It was a joke about the grammar. Jeez.

  • JoeInTheBox

    I wasn’t a huge fan of this either, initially, but I think it’s more of a situation where the writers didn’t know yet what the show would become(creatively and the Darabont situation). Not to mention the writer strike and short season.

    It was nice and neat way to let the audience know what they were dealing with and a statement to the fans of the comic that changes were in store. Plus, it was an issue that I was glad was dealt with early on rather than later like in the comics.

  • Sklarlight

    For me, personally, I really enjoyed the episode with Jenner. It’s something you ordinarily see much later on in any TV Series or film. Imagine Season 5 or 6 ending with reaching the CDC building instead of Season 1? (Presuming Jenner didn’t go kamikaze.) It would have had an entirely different feeling, a sense of forwardness and a sense of a nearby closure. But no, they tackled it head on in the first season to almost eradicate any sense of hope of ever curing this thing, they set the entire world in concrete by the end of Season 1. This was it, there was no going back. And for me, I really liked that. Of course, TWD is Kirkman’s product so if he regrets it, that really is a shame.

  • deathmonger420 .

    I just remember the explosion looked like shit.

  • León X

    I love the way Rick kills Shane

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