The Walking Dead just skipped a controversial comic story line

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Dec 17, 2012

AMC's zombie survival drama The Walking Dead has pushed the limits since its first episode, with limitless gore, tortured human emotion and humanity pushed to its very limits trying to survive. But it seems there's one potentially controversial storyline from the comics that the TV writers have decided to skip.

In the first two episodes of season three, viewers have been introduced to the world of "The Prison," in which Rick and his wily gang of survivors are hunkering down hoping to find a safe place to ride out the end of the world.

Fair enough. But, in the comics that storyline also included a gay male couple among the prisoners who were still hiding out in the prison. The characters, Dexter and Andrew, will apparently not be a part of the television series. There was no Dexter among the prisoners introduced in Sunday's episode, and the character of Andrew met a quick end at the business side of a zombie mob.

The change was noted this week on the LGBT blog Back2Stonewall, with owner Will Kohler lamenting the series in a recent blog post:

"Considering the veritable United Nations of characters that have been seen on The Walking Dead over the past three seasons it's becoming a glaring omission and sad  fact there has not been one LGBT character on this show up till now.

Invisibility on television is a major problem for the LGBT Community and both TV and movies need to learn that a characters sexuality is an aside, a trait like being left-handed or having blue eyes and should be presented and treated as such and not something to fear presenting.

LGBT viewers of The Walking Dead and television in general deserve much better.  Better characters, better representation, and better advocating for such by concerned individuals and organizations."

Kohler makes some points, and it does raise the question of why the writers decided to nix the plot. Perhaps they just had too much going on and didn't want to deviate from the core cast to add in anyone else (with the Governor and Michonne already on the list). But who knows?

What do you think? Do you think it was a bad move to ax the storyline?

(Via Back2Stonewall)

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