Robert Kirkman – creator of the Walking Dead comic and producer of AMC’s TV series – has recently revealed that in hindsight, he has major beef with how the first season ended.
If he were to go back and do the series again he wouldn’t have ended it with the CDC episode guest starring Noah Emmerich – which is a pretty important episode looking at the series as a whole. Speaking with THR, Kirkman admits: “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have done the CDC episode [at the end of season one]”.
The revelation in the final episode at the CDC is Dr Edwin Jenner’s (Noah Emmerich) admission that everyone is already infected with the virus and it seems Kirkman thinks that, not only did the episode give too much away (like the potential cure that was in France), but that it also felt out of place in the first season: “It possibly gave away too much information and was such a big change very early on in the series. I feel like there might have been a better way to wrap up the first season. It ended up being a fun episode. I love the character of Dr. Jenner and thought Noah did an amazing job. But there were things in that episode that I think seem very much not of The Walking Dead world.”
Kirkman elaborates on the potential cure and it’s location being mentioned: “I probably would have changed that stuff. I’ve been careful in the comic series to not say what’s happening in other parts of the world. It’s something that’s going to be fun to explore in the spinoff series. But the fact that France is mentioned in that episode and other things like that, I probably would have steered away from that stuff if I had to do it all over again.”
Furthermore, Kirkman praises Melissa McBride’s performance portraying Carol on the show, who was a hit with the fans. He also spoke about the how different McBride’s Carol was on the show compared to the comics.
“Carol was extremely different in the comic and I was attempting to tell a completely different story with that character than what we ended up doing on the show. Carol in the comic and Carol on the show couldn’t be more different. I’m really proud of the evolution that that character has gone through. It’s one of the best parts of the show.
Melissa McBride’s performance is absolutely amazing. More than any other character, Carol has evolved in leaps and bounds. You go back to the first season and it’s almost like a different actress is playing that character because she’s so different. It’s been a really remarkable transformation in a show about transformation. That’s been a great and welcome change.”
The midseason finale airs this Sunday at 9pm on AMC and is going to be deadly according to Kirkman and Norman Reedus.