When The Walking Dead began, it was common for the survivors to be killed off in a variety of gory ways. Zombie bites and attacks from other humans were common, but those and just the deaths in general, have become less frequent in recent years, something which was evident in the recent “Whisperer War” storyline.
With the AMC TV series receiving some flak for frequent deaths (despite the anticipation surrounding the premiere, many viewers tuned out after Glenn and Abraham’s murder), it now sounds like creator Robert Kirkman is planning on reducing the number of casualties. Well, in the comic books at least.
“In my opinion, there should be less death in the book now, much less, because the careless people, the scared people, the people learning how to live in this world are already dead. This is the cream of the crop, so to speak. So, yes, there can be a conflict like the Whisperer War, and there can be very little death. You think Michonne is going to just let herself get bitten by a zombie or stabbed by a Whisperer at this point? It wouldn’t be believable! Rick, Andrea, Carl, Jesus, Dwight, Negan, Maggie, these people are tempered steel! That’s not to say they’re invulnerable, or ‘safe’ now but it would take a lot to kill them.”
This makes a lot of sense, and while some readers were shocked that the latest Walking Dead story arc featured only one major casualty, it would be pretty daft at this point if the seasoned and battle tested survivors were still dropping like flies on a regular basis. Instead, it’s far more interesting to continue developing their respective personalities.
That way, when someone does die, it will have a far more significant impact on both the series and those who are reading it. Whether or not The Walking Dead TV series will follow suit is hard to say, but with ratings dropping as of late, some changes may need to be made in order to ensure that it has the same sort of longevity as the comic book. After all, Kirkman says he hopes that the show will last for at least 10 seasons.