Podcast | Why 'The Walking Dead' Is So Frustrating

Quite the kerfuffle arose earlier this week when Rolling Stone published an interview with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman where he said he was disappointed George R.R. Martin told his Game Of Thrones TV producers the ending to those books.  He has since heavily apologized for his comment stating it was just a joke about how he would handle the Walking Dead TV show catching up to the current storyline in his comic book.

 Kirkman probably made this same face when he checked his Twitter feed this week.

Kirkman probably made this same face when he checked his Twitter feed this week.

The scenario isn't all that hypothetical though.  Kirkman and Martin have both had involvement with their respective shows since their first seasons.  Martin told his producers the ending to the story long Game Of Thrones passed the ending of the most recent book.  Game Of Thrones started off trying to make as faithful of an adaptation as they could of their source material, while The Walking Dead wanted to be something that could surprise people who already read the comics.  Even as both shows have become more different from their books, Game Of Thrones continues to be fairly tight about telling stories that set up events for later plots.  The Walking Dead has pulled off some really amazing episodes, but it's not nearly as focused.  Too often it starts a new storyline and then a few episodes later drops it and kills off any interesting characters it had introduced, and then switches to the next plot from the comics chronology with little connection to what was happening before.

Still, The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on TV right now, and it's not without reason.  In our new podcast episode, we sat down with author Jordan Dooms to discuss what keeps us sticking with the show through its highs and lows and delved into her obsessive love of a certain character in particular.