‘The Walking Dead’ season 4 shambles out its fourth entry with Sunday’s “Indifference,” but how does it hold up to the comic book continuity? Rick finds himself faced with a difficult decision while out on a supply run with Carol, while Daryl leads Tyreese, Michonne and Bob on their dangerous mission to the veterinary college, so what’s next for ‘The Walking Dead’ as the fourth season continues?
As AMC’s incarnation weaves in and out of storylines from the books and adds its own original characters and developments, we’ve compiled an in-depth guide for fans of the comic as well as AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ to enjoy! Check it all the comparisons we found, and let us know your thoughts on ‘The Walking Dead’ season 4 episode 4 “Indifference” in the comments below!
Rick's Continuously Ominous Hand
AMC: Rick re-wraps his injured hand at the beginning of the hour, which doesn’t seem all that serious a handicap compared with its more gruesome counterpart in the comics, though the traveling hippie Sam points out to Rick that his injury and right-handed grip might make him more of a liability in a fight than he realizes.
THE COMICS: Dale first pointed out to Rick in bandaging the hand that he’d have limited use of it even after healing, the unwrapping of which took place sometime later. The injury healed favorably enough, though Rick was unable to produce a fist, even with a limited ability to form a trigger finger. Not that it mattered for much longer, hint hint.
AMC: Having already displayed troubling signs of humanizing walkers in previous episodes, Lizzie makes it clear to Carol that she doesn’t fully grasp the threat the creatures provide, likening their “change” to a regular human growing up and changing. Lizzie also calls Carol “mom” in reflex, though Carol quickly instructs her not to.
THE COMICS: Though Lizzie has no comic counterpart, she seems to display a somewhat similar mentality to Alan’s son Ben, who eventually took to mutilating stray animals he found, eventually murdering his twin brother Billy, dismissing the significance of the kill because Billy would soon “come back.” Say, doesn’t Lizzie have a younger sister? Hmm.
Additionally, Carol’s own daughter Sophia (who still lives in the comic) took to calling Maggie “mom,” after Carol’s death, occasionally denying her real mother had ever existed, though she later explained that she only pretends to make it easier.
AMC: Their second meaningful interaction in as many episodes, Michonne jokingly pays Daryl a compliment about a stone matching the color of his eyes, and the two later share a moment in which Michonne admits her mistake in repeatedly leaving the prison to pursue her vendetta against the Governor.
THE COMICS: Daryl has no direct comic counterpart, though the character came to fill many of the roles held by Tyreese in the early issues of the comic, particularly as Rick’s right-hand man with a particular relationship with Carol. If Michonne’s flirtations are to be taken as any kind of clue, Daryl may yet come to fill Tyreese’s role as Michonne’s comic lover, which as in the books, probably wouldn’t go over so well with Carol. Granted, the end of “Indifference” would complicate that as well.
AMC: Her moments with Daryl notwithstanding, Michonne also forges a particular bond with Tyreese in the episode, as both appear to have anger and vendettas they’ve yet to let go of: Tyreese for his inability to save his sister, and Michonne for her continued pursuit of the Governor.
THE COMICS: The two formed a particular bond once Michonne arrived at the prison, sharing enthusiasm for weightlifting and football, particularly as Michonne recognized Tyreese from his days of playing professionally. Michonne eventually tempted Tyreese into cheating on Carol, after which the pair formed a relationship that lasted until his, well, spoilers.
AMC: Now sharing the troubling secret of Karen and David’s deaths between them , Rick and Carol continually size one another up over the course of their run, in particular bonding over how far they’ve come since the deaths of their significant others. In particular, Rick shares a story about Lori’s awful Sunday pancakes, while Carol recalls learning to relocate her own shoulder rather than go to the ER, as well her daughter Sophia.
THE COMICS: Comic Carol never quite took on the survivor skills of her AMC counterpart, while her husband had died before the events of the book, even if he was hinted to be violent. The Carol of the books had never lost Sophia either, and as such remained mostly content in her relationship with Tyreese and friendship with Lori. The only significant interactions with Rick took place after her breakup and subsequent suicide attempt led Rick to attack Tyreese, for which she surprisingly kissed Rick to thank him, ending up shot down.
AMC: Bob explains to Daryl that he believed himself “cursed” as a witness, having seen two of his former groups attacked by walkers, with him the only survivor. After admitting his brush with alcoholism ultimately started the Big Spot chain reaction that claimed Zack’s life, Bob later swipes of bottle of liquor from the veterinary college, and nearly loses his life trying to reclaim the bag from a group of hungry walkers below. Daryl nearly leaves him behind for the act, but Tyreese changes his mind.
THE COMICS: Apart from the obvious age and racial differences, the Bob Stookey of the comics had a different backstory altogether. Not only had Bob been married, and part of a different group that eventually arrived in Woodbury, but Bob’s training as an Army medic stemmed from a mere two weeks in his youth. The Governor was frequently seen to look out for Bob and his drinking, though Bob supposedly gave it up after being pressganged to heal the Governor from Michonne’s wounds. Like the rest of Woodbury, the character’s ultimate fate remain unknown, though he was last seen taking care of the Governor’s zombie daughter Penny.
AMC: Though Rick initially seemed uncertain how to handle the news of Carol’s preemptive kills of Karen and David, the former sheriff ultimately opts to banish Carol from their prison community, knowing that Tyreese would likely kill her, and neither he nor the others at the prison would ever be able to trust her again. Rather than abandon her outright however, Rick fuels up and provides supplies to another car, assuring Carol she’ll find others, and continue to survive with her newfound strength. That said, Daryl’s going to be pissed…
THE COMICS: It remains to be seen if we’ll ever see the AMC Carol again, though the comic incarnation at least had a much more definitive fate. Believing her fellow prison survivors all thought her crazy for her suicide attempt, Carol did her best to make peace with Lori, and even threw herself at Hershel’s 19 year-old son Billy, before “making friends” with a captive walker that Woodbury medic Alice had kept for research. Carol quickly bled out and returned, before Andrea finally put her down.
What did you think of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 4’s fourth episode “Indifference”? Does Rick’s shocking decision still have you on edge? Did we miss anything else from the comics you might have caught?
Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back next week for our in-depth comic-to-TV comparison of season 4’s fifth episode, "Internment!"