AMC has surprised us with some of the things they’ve shown on the first few episodes of their version of The Walking Dead. From killing zombie kids and the horse smorgasbord in the first episode to some of the more colorful language Michael Rooker’s ultra redneck Merle Dixon spouted off in the second, it doesn’t seem like Frank Darabont and company are worried about crossing too many lines with the series. But, the show hasn’t even covered the ground of the first six issues of the comic yet and things get a whole helluva lot worse, with more graphic zombie attacks and some of the most disturbing human interactions ever put on the page.
?We’ve compiled a list of the ridiculously violent and graphic moments from Robert Kirkman’s comic that we’d be varying levels of shocked to see on the small screen. Instead of listing them in order of grossness, we’re going chronological in case you aren’t all-the-way caught up on the comics. Please note this list CHOCK FULL OF SPOILERS, DEFINITELY FOR THE COMIC, AND PROBABLY FOR THE TV SERIES (it depends on how much the show ends up deviating from the comic). Seriously, there couldn’t be more spoilers in this list if we posted pictures of spoiled meat with it. Also, if you’ve not read the comic, it bears mentioning that THE ACCOMPANYING COMIC ART IS INSANELY VIOLENT, DEPRAVED, AND PRETTY GROSS, ACTUALLY. If you decide to skip this list, we’ll understand.
15) Carl Kills Shane
?We’re guessing this moment where Rick’s son Carl shoots the now-crazy Shane in the neck will end the first season, but we’ll still be surprised if AMC shows a child shooting a man in the neck.
14) Naked Suicide Pact
?Tyreese’s daughter Julie and her boyfriend Chris had been acting strange before the group finally settled in at the prison. We thought it was just because they wanted to have sex, and that was part of it, but in reality, they intended to shoot each other at the same time post-coitus. Chris screws up and shoots Julie early. Hearing the shots, Tyreese runs in, holds his dead daughter who soon turns into a zombie herself. After Chris shoots her, Ty chokes Chris to death. Between the themes of teen suicide and kid murder, we’d be surprised if this scene went down like this on the show.
13) Decapitated Kids
?When Rick and his crew got to the prison, four inmates had been trapped in the cafeteria. As it turned out, one of them was a psycho killer who killed farmer Hershel’s two youngest daughters by chopping their heads off. We didn’t know who did it when we first saw the girls’ bodies–and heads– but it soon became apparent that Thomas, the nerdy guy with glasses, was the killer. Rick later pummels him almost to death.
12) The Governor Chops Rick
?We saw Rick hacking the hell out of a zombie in the second episode of the series, but we’re not sure if AMC will go the same route when it comes to Walking Dead’s biggest bad (so far) The Governor who turned out to be a real sadistic son of a bitch and chopped Rick’s right hand off after taking him prisoner.
11) The Governor Assaults Michonne
?As if cutting the hand off of our hero wasn’t bad enough, The Governor proceeded to rape and beat the tied-up Michonne. Actually, we don’t need to see any of this on screen as Kirkman created one of the more disturbing subplots in all of comics.
10) The Governor’s Television
?Hey, the Governor’s a really vile character. In addition to chopping hands and torturing women he also keeps a fleet of fish tanks filled with water and zombie heads that he watches for relaxation every night. By comparison this actually seems relatively normal. Oh, he also has his zombie daughter chained up in his place which he feeds fresh human parts.
9) Michonne’s Revenge
?The Governor finally gets what’s coming to him after Rick frees Michonne. She immediately goes to get her revenge which involves tying the Governor up naked, nailing his penis to a board, scooping an eyeball out with a spoon and…well, lots of other gross stuff. The scene is both cathartic and stomach churning, but we would be shocked if any of this made it on the small screen.
8) Rick’s Hit and Run
?After realizing that Martinez was on his way back to the Governor to tell him about the prison, Rick runs him down with the RV and chokes him to death. Martinez was neither the first nor last human Rick killed in order to keep his family and friends safe. Can a TV audience handle this kind of evolution (or devolution) in a character? Can Andrew Lincoln pull off the slow decline into madness that characterizes Rick Grimes throughout the series? We’ll see.
7) Carol Finds A New Friend
?One of the more troubled survivors, Carol lost her husband, saw her boyfriend Tyreese cheating on her with Michonne and got rejected by Rick and Lori when she suggested she marry the pair of them. She couldn’t deal with everything, so she killed herself by essentially offering her flesh up to a zombie they had tied up for experimentation saying “You DO like me” before dying. We haven’t seen a zombie get ahold of a person yet on the show, so we’re not sure how they’ll handle a moment like this on the show, but seeing something like this on screen would be both horrific and daring.
6) The Governor’s Daughter
?After healing from the wounds inflicted by Michonne, the Governor forms a plan to attack the prison, but before that, he yanks the teeth out of his zombie daughter’s mouth and then gives her an open mouth kiss. Okay, this is another one we probably don’t need to see on TV.
5) Tyreese’s Decapitation
Ty and Michonne tried to get the drop on the Governor’s people after their initial attack on the prison, but Tyreese got captured. In an attempt to use their friend’s life to get into the prison, the Governor threatens to kill him. Rick makes the call not to let them in and the Governor hacks and hacks at Tyreese’s neck until he’s dead while everyone watches.
4) Lori and Judy Get Shot
?The Governor looses it and drives a tank right through the prison gets letting both his remaining people and a load of zombies inside. Rick’s trying to get his family–son Carl, wife Lori and newborn daughter Judy–to safety, but, while running away, Lori and the baby get eviscerated by bullets. This scene changed the game of Walking Dead, showing that no one was safe. If Darabont keeps that same attitude for the show, we’ll be impressed, but we also know that TV audiences get awfully attached to characters and no one wants to see a woman and baby shot to death.
3) Rick’s Rampage
?While on a mission to get more guns and visit another survivor, Rick, new compatriot Abraham and Carl get attacked by a trio of rednecks who threaten to kill them and rape Carl while Rick watches. They didn’t know who they were messing with as Rick bites one of them in the neck and stabs another one repeatedly while Carl watched and Abraham shoots the third.
2) Ben Kills Billy, Carl Kills Ben
?Two of the more ignored characters in the book, twins Billy and Ben saw both their parents die by zombie attacks. After playing with a dead cat, Ben decided to stab his brother to death because, in his mind, Billy would come back to life. The adults talked about killing Ben because he was a danger to everyone, but it was Carl who crawled into Ben’s makeshift prison and shot him to death. Kids killing kids killing kids is pretty damn intense and probably not something to be shown on television or absorbed well by audiences.
1) Killing Cannibals
?A group of survivors who had turned to cannibalism run afoul of Rick and his group after kidnapping Dale and eating his good leg. Rick, Abraham, Michonne and Andrea track them down, ask them to stop and when they say “no,” our “heroes” take their time in killing these people slowly. In a rare turn, Kirkman doesn’t show the violence, instead showing the aftermath, but the deed has been done. Expect the more violent scenes from the comic to be done like this on the show, if they’re handled at all.