The Walking Dead comic provides an official reason for why crossbows are not seen often in the series. The editor, Sina Grace, reveals that crossbows are not readily available like guns or sharp weapons, making them less accessible for survivors. In addition, most people would not know how to craft a reliable crossbow for themselves. While the TV show features a character, Daryl Dixon, who uses a crossbow, the comic opts for other weapons. Nonetheless, the lack of crossbows opens the door for creative killings in the comic.