LGBT community blog not happy with The Walking DeadPosted 12:15 am on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Mike Villarreal
As you know, the first two episodes of this Season 3 of The Walking Dead are in the books. With positive reviews for different media outlets and fans like, it would seem that the show is off to a great start, but not everyone is overjoyed with the new season.
The LGBT blog Back2Stonewall recently posted an article about The Walking Dead removing a gay storyline that was in comic book, but did not appear in the TV Show.
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.”
The blog is making reference to the two prison inmates Dexter and Andrew. Andrew actually appears at the end of the 1st episode and is in the majority of the 2nd, but meets his demise by the end of the episode. Noticeably missing is Dexter. In the comics, Dexter and Andrew are in a relationship together.
There are only a few panels in the entire duration that Dexter and Andrew are in the comic that makes any reference to their sexual preference. In fact, Andrew’s time in the show is much smaller than his time in the comics. The show literally blows right pass 95 pages in the comic in one episode, nixing many other storylines as well.
As a fan, I have to call the writer’s nerdiness into question because of another statement made in his article.
“Hopefully Robert Kirkman and Frank Darabont will see the light eventually and deliver at least one positive character gay character during the shows run. As it is right now my personal fear they’ll trow in some lesbian moments with Michone and Andrea because bisexuality and lesbianism is more “acceptable”and “girl on girl” isn’t as “icky” to the fanboy population and viewers in general.”
Any avid fan of the comic book knows that Carol eventually makes advances towards Lori. She even makes the suggestion that they somehow workout an arrangement with Rick where they could all be together. This happens when Carol is really at her end and is struggling for something to hold on to. Unfortunately for Carol, she does not have Daryl to chase after in the comics. Even with this knowledge, it is still highly likely that this will also not make it into the show.
It seems to me that maybe this storyline might have met the chopping block because of time constraints and the amount of story the writers want to fit into this season. As owner of a few Walking Dead hardbacks, I know the prison story starts in Book 2 and ends after Book 4. The entire first 2 seasons take place in Book 1 alone. That’s a lot of story.
What do you think? Do you think this writer’s point of view is just, or is he making a mountain of a molehill? Let us know in your comments below.
Mike Villarreal is the Community Manager for Nerd Reactor. He loves movies, video games and comics. #OMGWTFBBQ