Hello guys! This is my first post on Roamers and Lurkers, and I thought I would start out in a big way. I've been writing my own version of The Walking Dead TV Show where everything is translated almost exactly how it is from the comics. I got this idea from a user on here named Chic, whose post is under the Season 3 part of the TV Show forum, if you want to look at it. But anyways, what's the point of this? This is basically my interpretation of how I believe the TV Show would look like if it was translated directly from the source material. Note that I might add flashbacks, or delve from the TV Show if I think it fleshes out the comic material out more. For example, my first episode will be A LOT like the real first episode of the TV Show. I'm not trying to make a better product than the show, but this is just a fun little project I'm trying out. I'll post Episode 1 below, and if you enjoy the idea, post that you do and I will update every 1-2 days with a new episode! Thanks for the read, and enjoy!
Season 1, Episode 1: Days Gone Bye
A police cruiser is driving down a road, and suddenly stops. The man driving it steps out, and shuts the door behind him. He walks out into a road littered with trash and corpses. He looks at a handmade sign that reads, “NO GAS” which is right by the gas station. Nonetheless, he begins to search his immediate area. He hears a groan, and searches for the source. He looks underneath a car, and finds two small legs walking. The owner picks up a teddy bear, and continues to walk. The man believes this is a living little girl, and calls out for her. When she turns around, he sees that she is a walker. She charges at him, and he is forced to take out his pistol and give her mercy. He looks at her, horrified, as he puts his weapon away.
The setting changes to before the apocalypse. The man, known as Rick Grimes, is sitting in a police cruiser with his best friend, Shane Walsh, eating burgers and fries. Shane is joking about the differences between men and women. Shane asks Rick how his relationship with his wife, Lori, is going. Rick tells him that things are not going well, and they argue frequently. Shane tries to assure Rick that it’s a phase that couples go through, but they are interrupted by a speaker. It informs them that there are two runaway fugitives, and they need all available officers on the scene. Shane and Rick speed off to assist in apprehending the criminals.
Shane and Rick arrive on the scene, where Officers Basset and Kendall have laid a spike strip in preparation for the criminals. They line up their cars, and take cover behind them in preparation for the criminals’ arrival. Suddenly, their car speeds down the road, pursued by another cop car. It drives into the spike strip, and it violently tumbles over repeatedly. Two criminals come out of the wreckage, and engage in a firefight with the officers. Rick is shot, but it hits his protective vest. The shootout ends abruptly when the criminals are gunned down. Rick asks Shane not to tell Lori about that close encounter. A third criminal that was uncounted comes out of the wreckage, and shoots Rick in his unprotected side. Shane kills him, then comforts Rick. He yells for help as he kneels next to Rick.
Rick is admitted into a hospital, and falls into a coma. While unconscious, Shane comes in and brings him flowers. He tells Rick a story, which Rick responds to. However, when Rick responds, he notices that nobody is there. He tries to call for a nurse, but there is no answer. Rick gets up, but falls down. It takes him a while to get up, but he finally does. He walks into a hallway, and realizes that the hospital is long deserted. He looks into a room, and sees a body stripped of all skin and muscle. He looks on in horror, and goes away from there. He comes across a cafeteria door locked close. An inscription on it reads “Don’t Open, Dead Inside.” The doors shake with something trying to get out, and a hand peaks out of the opening between the double doors. Rick horridly walks away from there. He enters a pitch dark stairway, and lights a match so he can see himself out.
He exits the hospital from the staircase, and walks out to see dozens of dead bodies and an abandoned military outpost. He walks down a road in search of his house. He finds a bicycle, but finds a woman who is cut in half by it. Despite her fatal injuries, she is still alive and tries to get to Rick. He collapses in horror, and rides the bike away from her.
He stops at his house, and rushes in. He calls out for his wife and son, but hear nothing. He sees the house looted, and fears the worst. He breaks down in tears, and tries to convince himself that it’s all a dream. When he realizes that these events are real, he gets up and walks off. He sees a man walking and is about to signal to him, but he is suddenly smacked in the back of the head with a shovel. A young boy is revealed to have hit Rick, and calls for his dad. The boy’s father shoots the walking man in the head, and tells his son, Duane, that Rick is alive. He trains a gun on Rick, and asks what his wound is. Before Rick can answer, he passes out.
Rick wakes up to find himself tied to a bed. The man is standing guard with a knife, and Duane with a wooden baseball bat. The man once again asks Rick what his wound is, and Rick answers that his wound is a gunshot. The man pulls a knife on Rick, and warns him if he tries anything, he’ll kill him. He cuts the restraints with the knife, and tells Rick to join them for dinner when he’s ready. Rick sits down with the man, and questions why they’re in his neighbor’s house. He says it was empty, so they took residence in it. The man introduces himself as Morgan, and Rick as Rick, of course. Rick asks Morgan why he killed the man earlier. Morgan replies that he was a walker, which confuses Rick. He explains that he was in a coma, and woke up to this. Morgan explains the outbreak to a shocked Rick. He warns Rick not to get bit, or he’ll die. Duane claims that he saw it happen, and the conversation goes quiet.
Later that night, Rick, Morgan, and Duane tell stories to pass time. Suddenly, they hear a car alarm. Morgan assures Duane that they’ll be okay, and that the walkers will leave by morning. Suddenly, they see a female walker outside and Duane buries his head in his pillow. Morgan tells Rick that walker was his wife, and that he couldn’t put her down. Morgan’s former wife walks up to the door, and tries to get in unsuccessfully.
The next morning, the trio returns to Rick’s house where he collects his items. He tells Morgan that he believes his family is still alive. Morgan doubts this, but Rick says that they took all of their photos and family collectables. Morgan says that’s what his wife did, and they leave to the police department to arm themselves.
They arrive, and they take a shower at the department. Afterwards, Rick unlocks the armory to stock up. Rick changes into his sheriff’s uniform, and the three leave to the parking lot. Morgan and Duane thank Rick for the supply. Morgan warns Rick to watch his ass, which Rick returns. Suddenly, a zombie tries to get in the parking lot, which is fenced. Rick is about to put him down, but Morgan warns him to conserve his ammo. Rick agrees, and they say their goodbyes and depart.
Morgan and Duane return to their home, and Morgan does upstairs with a hunting rifle. He warns Duane to stay down where he is, and he shoots several walkers. He finds his wife, and tries to put her down, but can’t find the strength. Morgan breaks down, and apologizes to his dead wife. Meanwhile, Rick returns to the walker he encountered where the bicycle was. He apologizes that she had to be like that, and he shoots her in the head. He gets back into his police cruiser, and he drives to Atlanta.