Abraham from The Walking Dead (Michael Cudlitz) died quite differently in the comic version of the story, but why did the TV series change that? Abraham was a key character in the fourth season, until his death, in the first episode of the seventh season.
He was a career soldier and leader of a small group of survivors who merged with Rick’s. In both the TV series and the comics, Abraham was one of Rick’s most trusted allies.
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Abraham came to a tragic end when Rick’s group was arrested by the Saviors. After bringing them all together in a row at the end of the sixth season, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) announced that he was going to use the example of one of them with a public execution.
After guarding the identity of Negan’s victim in the seventh season premiere, The Walking Dead revealed the terrible death of Abraham, who was cruelly beaten to death by Negan’s trademark baton, Lucille. After Daryl (Norman Reedus) tried to retaliate, Negan decided to punish them further, killing Glenn (Steven Yuen) as well.
In the end, The Walking Dead caused two shocking deaths, when only Glenn died for Negan in the comics.
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Of course, this is not the same fate as the Abraham comic book version. In the Walking Dead comics, Abraham was talking to Eugene about his romantic feelings for Rosita – with whom he had just broken up – when an arrow shot by Dwight suddenly hit him in the head, killing him.
According to Michael Cudlitz, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was never satisfied with the way he killed Abraham in the comics, as it was a “last-minute decision.” For this reason, it was agreed that Abraham’s story would end differently on the TV series.
Instead of just taking that moment out of the comics, The Walking Dead gave it to a different character. Just before the great confrontation with Negan, the Rescuers launched a surprise attack on Alexandria.
Denise, who worked as a community doctor and served as a love interest for Tara (Alanna Masterson), was talking to Daryl and Rosita (Christian Serratos) when she was shot in the face. Like the comics, it was Dwight (Austin Amelio) who killed, but Denise was not his real target.
His intention was to kill Daryl.
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Although the death was sudden and surprising in itself, it was not exactly a powerful moment, particularly compared to what finally happened to Abraham in the seventh season premiere. It lacked a great deal of emotional significance, but it was still a shocking enough scene to be used (but not for Abraham).
So it seemed like a good move for The Walking Dead to save Abraham’s death for a more important occasion and kill a minor character instead. But whether or not the death they chose is more satisfactory is certainly up for debate.
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