The Walking Dead: Carl Shot First
Sunday night, social media was all a twitter over of The Walking Dead’s 12th episode “Better Angels”. Fans of the show were shouting from the rooftops AMC’s praises. Rick stabs his best friend and cries “Damn you for making me do this, Shane!” vibrated as a heart wrenching moment. Then, Carl sees a dead Shane and raises his weapon to his father just to shoot past him at a newly zombified Shane, had viewer’s jaws on the floor. Although, I was indeed touched by this moment, it was rage that filled my heart. Those of you watching the series and not reading the books are missing out on some pivotal information…
CARL SHOT FIRST.
In the 6th issue, Shane decides to go hunting with Rick and pulls a gun on him. Much like in the series, that useless brat Carl decides to follow them. Unlike in the series, when Carl stumbles upon Shane with a gun to his father’s head, he shoots Shane in the throat. The issue ends with Carl saying “It’s not the same as killing the dead ones, daddy”, and Rick replies, “It never should be, son, It never should be.” Now, THAT is a poignant moment.
Now, how is it that AMC took the better part of two seasons to pull off what Image did in a about 140 pages? I get that the TV series isn’t going to follow the books word for word. I appreciate that they’re going to do stuff that Kirkman never got to accomplish with the books. I don’t want it to be EXACTLY like the source material but I think the most important moments from the books should be brought to me in my living room. I’m about 96 issues deep and a devoted reader. Don’t slap me in the face with something as half assed as Carl shooting a Zombie-Shane 18 episodes in.