The Walking Dead Showrunner Confirms Major Comic Book Moment

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If you thought The Walking Dead Season 9 was already deadly, then we have some news for you:

It's going to get worse!

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner, Angela Kang confirmed that an iconic event from the comics would happen during the second half of the season.

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"We are going to see the festival," Kang revealed to the magazine. "That becomes a part of the story for the back half of the season."

If you haven't read the comics and want to go into these episodes without knowing what could happen, you should probably leave this page right about now. 

The festival is one of the most shocking moments in the comics because there's a lot of death, and if the TV version plays out similarly, we could be losing some more fan-favorites. 

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Things took a gnarly turn in the comic book lore when Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers realizes that the only way to get through to Rick Grimes is to murder a bunch of characters with ties to him. 

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As if that wasn't bad enough, Alpha follows up this act of terror by putting the heads of the victims on spikes. 

Ezekiel and Rosita were two of the victims. There's no word yet whether the TV show version will be as deadly or if it will take on another approach altogether. 

The show has no qualms about veering away from the source material for some events. Hell, Carl and Rick are still very much still the central focus of the comics, so there's that. 

Wouldn't it be great if the show gave us the festival with a dose of happiness? The show has been getting rid of some of the best characters over the last few years. 

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Having a happy event without a murderous end would probably win back some of the fans that have ditched the series. 

"We really dove into the idea of what this festival is in a real way for our people," Kang explained of how the festival could affect the characters on the show. 

"The origins of these kinds of trade fairs were that people from far-flung communities would take a trek and trade useful goods because not every community had every single thing that they needed."

"It's a place where people could learn new skills and pick up supplies that they needed. It's also a chance for them to bond as different communities."

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"In that context, we really get to see what each community is and how they're even dealing with the very idea of this fair because obviously, it's been a point of some contention between the Kingdom and Alexandria."

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 9 will serve as the midseason premiere, and it will pick up in the aftermath of another significant loss. 

“The recent loss of their own drives the communities to band together. New leaders rise when a disturbing and dangerous threat is unmasked. An escaped captive revisits his past,” reads the official logline. 

Samantha Morton as Alpha - The Walking Dead

As previously reported, The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 10. 

What are your thoughts on the festival making its way to the TV series? 

Would you prefer a less deadly approach to it?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch The Walking Dead online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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