Walking Dead Creator Explains How Fatherhood Transformed the Franchise
Robert Kirkman, the writer of The Walking Dead comic series, has revealed in an annotation for issue #57 that having children made him more sensitive to violence, but instead of shying away from it, he leaned further into it. This resulted in the series becoming darker and more violent than ever before, with Kirkman pushing himself to ignore his own objectivity and push forward with disturbing scenes. One of the messages of The Walking Dead is that civilization is built upon shared security and a sense of community among peoples, with the treatment of children often used as a moral barometer for different groups.