The Walking Dead: 10 Relationships From The Comics (That Didn’t Happen In The Show)
The Walking Dead TV series diverges pretty far from the comic books, especially when it comes to romantic relationships.
The most watched cable drama of the 2019-2020 television season, AMC’s The Walking Dead’s roots go back all the way to the early 2000’s with a long-running graphic novel. Originally created by Robert Kirkman (who also writes and produces for the television show) The Walking Dead comics were first published in 2003 and ran for a total of 193 issues until the series end in 2019.
Like most shows and films based on alternate source material, the television series remains true to the comics in many ways, but in others, it veers off on its own, unique path – especially when it comes to romance. Let’s take a look at a list of 10 couples from the comic series that do not exist in the television show.
10 Rick & Andrea
One of the most popular and steady relationships of the comics is between Rick and Andrea. The couple’s romantic relationship begins with an unexpected kiss. Having lost so many people close to him, Rick is initially hesitant, but the strong feelings between them win over his anxieties.
They are in a loving relationship for a long time, with Andrea acting as a mother-figure to Carl, until Andrea is tragically bitten by a walker. She succumbs slowly to the wound while under Rick’s watchful eye. Rick is devastated by the loss, and sleeps beside her grave after her death.
9 Carol & Tyreese
Throughout the course of the show, Carol has grown from a scared, abused housewife, to a strong, determined survivor, but who she is in the television series is extremely different from her character in the comics. She is emotionally weak and vulnerable, and desperately needs to lean on others for support.
Tyreese is that support system for her. He takes care of her physically and emotionally, until she discovers that he is cheating on her. Heartbroken and already unstable, Carol dies by suicide when she purposely feeds herself to a walker.
8 Tyreese & Michonne
Tyreese may serve as Carol’s protector, lover, and shoulder to cry on, but it’s a draining job, and he has no one to turn to for support himself, due to Carol’s emotional instability. Michonne provides him friendship and comfort, but she is also more than happy to meet his physical needs.
Michonne seduces him at the prison, but Carol accidentally catches them in the intimate moment. Michonne and Tyreese continue their relationship and move into a cell together, but he is later killed by the Governor.
7 Andrea & Dale
In the show, Dale is a sweet, older man who often acts as a friend and father figure to Andrea, especially after the tragic death of her sister, Amy. He knows when to be empathetic and when to push her, and he helps her through her grief and her battle with being suicidal.
Their dynamic in the comics expands far beyond the father/daughter bond. Andrea starts out the comics at 25-years-old and Dale is 68, but that doesn’t stop their relationship from budding into romance. They have a sexual relationship, and even go on to adopt two orphaned boys together.
6 Carl & Lydia
Carl Grimes died before Lydia was ever introduced into the show, but in the comics, they knew each other very well. The abused, runaway daughter of the leader of the Whisperers turns to Carl for comfort, and they have sex.
Carl becomes very protective over her, but Lydia admits to him that she isn’t in love with him, and that she only wants to be friends. In the show, their relationship was replaced by her sweet but doomed romance with Carol and Ezekiel’s son, Henry.
5 Morgan & Michonne
Michonne’s first love in the comics is Tyreese, and she is with him until he is cruelly executed by the Governor. Her second relationship is with Morgan. The relationship is rocky at times, primarily due to Morgan’s guilt. Morgan is tormented by grief over the loss of his son, and finds it difficult to allow himself happiness.
After Morgan is bitten by a walker and Michonne has to put him down, she admits to Rick that she truly loved Morgan and says that she would have wanted to have a life with him if they had been given the chance.
4 Rosita & Eugene
Through her fling with Siddiq and her relationship with Gabriel in the show, Eugene longs for Rosita’s affection, but she clearly does not return his feelings. In the comics, the two actually get married, but it still doesn’t work out particularly well for Eugene.
They become closer after Abraham’s death, and they eventually move in together. Still, their relationship is strained, and like the show, she becomes pregnant with another man’s child, which Eugene promises to raise as his own. He never gets the chance, because Rosita is beheaded by Alpha.
3 Aaron & Jesus
The comic series pairs up Aaron and Paul “Jesus” Monroe, but Tom Payne has stated that he’s glad that the two characters are not together in the television series. “Maybe they have like messed around a bit in those six years. Yeah probably. You know, you get bored. But I’ve always said that I thought it’d be a bit lazy if they got put together, being the only gay guys on the show now.”
While the actor isn’t entirely against it, he feels that a romance between the remaining gay men in the show would lack creativity, and ignore the beauty and relevance of their platonic friendship.
2 Ezekiel & Michonne
The Walking Dead hints at the comic relationship between Michonne and Ezekiel with their brief “oops” kiss,when Ezekiel is feeling vulnerable and on the rebound from his break-up with Carol. Their relationship is more involved in the comics, especially since Carol is dead long before Ezekiel becomes a prominent character.
They become romantically involved for a time, but later, she mentions to Rick that she regrets the way that things ended. Like Rosita, Ezekiel dies at the hands of the Whisperers.
1 Carl & Sophia
Sophia’s role in the show was short-lived and came to an anti-climactic end in season 2, but in the comics, she survives well into adulthood with Carl at her side. What starts as a juvenile crush and stolen kisses between kids, blooms into a slow-burn relationship.
Though they two live separately for some time, during which Carl has other romantic entanglements, they find their way back to each other. By the end of the comic series, Carl and Sophia get married, and have a daughter together that they named Andrea.