If you’re aware of all the events that have unfolded in the Walking Dead comic book, you may have been sitting on the edge of your seat watching AMC’s most recent tele-version. The episode,Twice as Far had one of the show’s most unexpected deaths so far this season.
Show watchers who have followed the book know that Abraham Ford is literally dodging a bullet, or should I say an arrow, every time we’ve seen him on-screen since around the time the Wolves found their way inside the walls of Alexandria. Alexandria is a safe zone that Rick and the gang have assumed leadership over during this epic season.
Viewers were shocked last night to see Alexandria’s impromptu medic, Denise, being killed mid sentence with a Daryl Dixon arrow from Daryl Dixon’s stolen crossbow. One of Negan’s men, Dwight, stole it a few episodes back, and he shot Denise with it. The arrow entered the back of her head and protruded out of her eye socket. Dwight claimed he was aiming for Daryl. In a different version of the story it was Abraham who died this way.
Ford, brought to life by actor Michael Cudlitz, was a U.S. Army sergeant before the zombie apocalypse. He was married and had two little kids, a girl and a boy. Abraham and his family sought refuge in a deserted grocery store. One day upon returning from a scavenging mission, Ford found that his family had been raped by some men in the group they’d been traveling with. He killed the men, barehanded, as his family watched in horror.
His wife grew fearful of his rage and ran away with the kids while he slept one day. Abraham tracked them down to find that they had been devoured by the walking dead.
Ford was about to commit suicide when instead he met up with Eugene Porter. Eugene claimed to be a scientist. He told Ford that he knew how to stop the outbreak that had brought humanity to the brink of extinction. This lie gave Abraham a reason to carry on and carrying on is what led to the eventual meeting of Rick Grimes and his group of survivors.
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has approved of the way that the show runners have adapted his original source material to keep fans guessing. Indeed, there are major differences between the show and the comic book.
Rick has both hands in the show but lost one to the Governor in the comic book.
Herschel loses his head instead of Tyreese. Daryl Dixon and Sasha don’t exist in the graphic novel at all but are important characters on the show. In the comics, Andrea and Sophia are alive while baby Judith is dead, the exact opposite has played out on the small screen. These are just a few of the many differences.
With these differences in mind, fans know that someone we have grown to love will assuredly die in the season finale. In the pages of the comic, it’s Glenn Rhee.
Since Abraham has been spared the crossbow fatality, will he now kneel before Negan and face the dreaded Lucille?
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