‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Comic-to-TV Comparison: “Infected”
‘The Walking Dead’ season 4 shambles out its second entry with Sunday’s “Infected,” (read our full review of that episode here) but how does it hold up to the comic book continuity? The growing threat of disease begins to take its toll among the survivors, while someone else has been stealthily sneaking around committing dark and dastardly deeds, 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 2 “Infected” in the comments below!
A Saboteur in Our Midsts
AMC: The opening moments of the episode show us that someone has been burning the midnight oil to feed walkers through the fence, leaving the half-eaten rat corpses behind, presumably with the intent of driving walkers into enough of a frenzy to weigh down on the fences. Later, we see that someone has taken it on themselves to violently dispose of anyone afflicted by the illness making its way through the prison, though whether or not these events are connected remains to be seen.
THE COMICS: We’ll see a bit later how Karen’s death dovetails with the comic storyline of a former prison inmate murdering several of the group in cold blood, but the idea of a saboteur within the prison is all new. Then again, maybe the young ones have gotten a bit too comfortable with the walkers, and simply decided to feed them after dark.
AMC: Michonne teases Carl for no longer wearing his father’s iconic sheriff’s hat, to which Carl fires back that it wasn’t a farming hat. Carl seems to be taking his father’s lead in shedding past aspects of his more violent lifestyle, but come on now boy, that sun’s going to beat down later! Carl also asks for the return of his gun, something his father obliges later in the episode
THE COMICS: Psh, you couldn’t get the hat away from Carl if you tried, even after a stray bullet accidentally shot off a piece of the brim. Worth noting however, was that the comic Carl similarly had his gun taken away at multiple points over the series’ run, only for Rick to return it later.
Dr. S., We Presume?
AMC: We’ve now heard several references to “Dr. S” among the Woodbury crew, presumably the man who helps Rick and the others identify the disease that has begun claiming survivors, though we haven’t yet heard his full name said on screen as of yet. External sources identify him as Dr. Caleb Subramanian, though we couldn’t help noticing the nomenclature similarity to comic character Dr. Stevens, even apart from the earlier incarnation we’d already seen.
THE COMICS: Subramanian would have no comic counterpart to speak of, but something about the character isn’t sitting well with us, as one of the few Woodbury characters given an actual role on the series. We know the comic Dr. Stevens had an appreciation for the science of the living dead, as seen by his final moments before dying, so we can’t help wondering if Subramanian has his own brand of weird science, and whether or not it has anything to do with Tyreese’s discovery in the closing moments of the episode.
AMC: Alluded to last week, here we see a full council session between Daryl, Sasha, Glenn, Carol and Hershel, who seem to make the major decisions for the group, here opting to quarantine those who might be sick.
THE COMICS: Following a breakdown from Rick, the still-living Dale took it on himself to tell Rick that they’d decided no longer to follow him as a leader, but to make decisions in a committee comprised of Rick, Dale, Hershel and Tyreese. Asked about the decision not to include any women on the committee, Dale responded the decision came about not from gender, but practicality and leadership skills.
Rick Steps Aside
AMC: Though Daryl assures Rick he’d done enough for the group collectively to have earned a break from all the violence and decision-making, Daryl presses that the council could still benefit from his leadership, though Rick believes he’d made too many mistakes to be in a position of power again.
THE COMICS: Rick wasn’t necessarily given a choice to step down from the position of absolute leadership and rule as part of the committee, but the survivor quickly made it clear to the remaining group that he agreed with the decision, and was relieved to have the burden somewhat lifted from his shoulders.
AMC: Though she doesn’t seem to have any trouble getting along with Carl, Michonne’s apprehension around baby Judith, and tearful breakdown upon holding the infant in her arms would seem to imply that she herself had lost a child, as had been alluded to a number of times throughout the episode.
THE COMICS: Michonne was known to have two daughters and a husband from whom she’d been divorced, though their exact demises have never explicitly been revealed by the comics. However, we do know that Michonne had lived with a boyfriend named Mike at the time of the zombie apocalypse, who along with his best friend Terry would go on to become Michonne’s jawless “pets.”
Tyreese's Terrible Discovery
AMC: Hoping to bring flowers to the quarantined Karen, Tyreese instead finds a bloody trail leading from her cell to a courtyard, wherein he discovers the burned bodies of both Karen and fellow Woodbury survivor David.
THE COMICS: While Tyreese’s comic relationship with Carol would similarly end in tragedy, AMC Tyreese’s discovery bears a strong resemblance to the moment wherein Hershel discovered his twin daughters murdered in the prison barber shop. There, the killer was revealed to be Thomas, a former inmate of the prison who’d misrepresented himself as a tax evader before going on a killing spree, and who had no real counterpart on the AMC series. Tyreese also discovered his daughter Julie dead from a gunshot wound, killing her boyfriend Chris for their botched suicide pact, though we suspect Julie’s tragic fate will have more to do with the AMC character’s sister Sasha.