The Walking Dead: 6b will change things but not everything

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC, The Walking Dead
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC, The Walking Dead /

The Walking Dead’s first half of season 6 was set over the course of just a few days, but time will be less of a factor when the program returns from break.

AMC’s flagship series The Walking Dead had one of the most interesting beginnings for its sixth season. Over the course of the first eight episodes, very little time passed and it told the stories of each survivor during that period. However, things look to be much different when the show returns from break.

Time won’t be ticking by nearly as slowly when the show returns, and we’ll be focusing more on the events surrounding the community rather than the characters themselves. Don’t think that means that the program will skimp on characterization though, because that’s the meat and potatoes of what the show really is.

Recently, Robert Kirkman talked about the concept of time in season 6 in an article on the New York Times website.

"“There was just a lot of story to tell in a short period of time,” Kirkman said. “In the next half of the season we change things up quite a bit. A lot more time passes.”"

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And that story might be something that is sort of familiar to fans of Image and Skybound’s comic book series. As we’ve realized in the past, the major events in the comics seem to play out on the small screen of AMC’s The Walking Dead. But they aren’t always exactly the way they are done on the show.

In the past, we’ve seen situations shift locations, characters replaced in dangerous situations or even additions to the show that were never even a part of the comics.

"“There are certain scenes in the comic books that are the core of what makes The Walking Dead The Walking Dead, so those scenes will get adapted directly,” Kirkman said. “The connective tissue between those scenes is very malleable.”"

Right now, there is no way to know what is in store for the second half of season 6. If you’re assuming the show will be a carbon copy of the comics, you’ll likely be wrong, as the show likes to change things up to keep comic readers and casual viewers on the edge of their seat.

The Walking Dead will return for the second half of season 6 on February 14, 2016 on AMC.