More than ever, people (including myself) seem to be very unhappy with the show and the differences between it and the comic.
I thought it would be nice to go over things that the show has done differently than the comics over the years that have been great.
In no particular order:
1: The introduction of Daryl. Despite my hatred for his character now, I thought he was great in the first 3 seasons of the show. Definitely a great overall addition and clearly one of the most popular characters in the history of the lore now.
2: Shanes storyline being dragged out further than just a few episodes. What a great way to build up everything leading to Rick killing him, which was much more emotional than what we got in the comics.
3: Hershell essentially taking Dales place. I thought it was great to have Hershel take over the "moral compass" role. He did it in a much more effective manner and was overall a better actor. Plus he could still kick ass when he needed to. Dale just felt really annoying throughout his tenure with the show. I wasn't sad to see him go.
4: Shane killing Otis. Wow, that was such a great storyline at the time and provided endless hours of debate on the moral merits of his deed. One of the best moments in the entire series history imo.
5: Carol turning into a survivor. This has been one of the great differences between the show and the comic. Whereas Carol was some weak young mom who ultimately folded under the pressure of this world, she's turned into a badass complex character that we've all come to love and respect.
6: The addition of Bob. Despite some rocky writing for him initially I liked what they did with his character and felt that he was a solid supporting member of the cast. I wasn't heartbroken when he died but I didn't hate his character or anything like that, so good work I say!
7: The expansion of the Hunter storyline. In the comics it was a much smaller scale event. The show chose to deviate and make it a much more grand scale operation, and I think they completely succeeded. It gave us the great escape scenes as well as a horrific general atmosphere of a large scale cannibal operation.
8: Jenner and the CDC. I thought this was great for the first season. It was a cool way to briefly touch upon how the zombie virus works, and really showing that this situation seems to be hopeless.
9: The introduction of Tara. I like her character and am happy they paired her up with Glenn initially. They showed that she's a good, loyal, likeable person and built to be a part of our group. Another great B list character like Bob. Even though she hasn't had a ton to do, I still enjoy her and am happy she's fleshed out.
That's all I can think of for now, so if anyone else has other stories or characters that they liked much better in the show than in the comic, go ahead and post it. Disagree with mine? Tell me why.