Why Walking Dead Had to Cut Rick's Coolest Kill

The Walking Dead comic series, created by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, features numerous epic kills by the protagonist Rick Grimes. However, one particularly cool kill from the comics was not included in the television adaptation of the show.

In The Walking Dead #65, Rick finds himself facing off against dangerous individuals while having Andrea positioned behind him with a sniper rifle. To display his power and intimidate his enemies, Rick contorts his hand into a finger gun and points it at the person he wants Andrea to shoot. This scene was undoubtedly badass but was ultimately left out of the TV show.

Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, addressed this omission in The Walking Dead Deluxe #65, a colored reprint of the original series with added comments from Kirkman. He acknowledged that a similar scene had previously occurred in The Losers comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock, which was adapted into a live-action film in 2010. Kirkman admitted that he must have been unconsciously influenced by that scene when writing the finger-gun-sniper moment in The Walking Dead #65. Furthermore, he pointed out that similar scenes took place in the movies Crank (2006) and Expendables 2 (2012).

Due to the prevalence of these similar scenes in other media, Kirkman decided not to include the finger-gun-sniper kill from the comics in the TV show. While Kirkman did it in the comics before these other adaptations, he felt it would appear derivative on screen. As a result, fans of the AMC series never had the opportunity to witness Rick Grimes' coolest kill from The Walking Dead.

Although the finger-gun-sniper scene didn't make it to the television adaptation, The Walking Dead Deluxe #65 is now available for readers to enjoy.

news flash