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Daryl Forever

Grungy, crossbow-toting, motorcycle-riding Daryl Dixon has become a fan favorite over the seasons. But he doesn’t even exist in the comics! The TV show writers created him from scratch, though he takes on storylines and personalities of various other characters including Tyreese, Shane, and Andrea. Generally, the TV-only characters tend to be expendable, but you can basically count on Daryl’s survival. The audience would riot if he ever died.

(Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

‘The Walking Dead’: The 15 Biggest Differences Between the Comics and the Show

To celebrate the Oct. 22 Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead — the series’ 100th episode — Yahoo TV will be posting a new TWD-related story every day through the season opener.

The Walking Dead have been walking around dead since 2003, when Robert Kirkman first created the comic book series. The trials and tribulations of Rick Grimes and his crew of human survivors have continued through 169 issues (and counting).

In 2010, AMC adapted the comic books into a television drama, which is now one of the most popular shows on any network. Kirkman himself is an executive producer and has written a handful of episodes. But even so, the series has departed in both major and minor ways from the comics.

While most of the major arcs have translated to the series (including the farm, the prison, Alexandria, the Saviours, etc.), there are prominent characters who were created from scratch for the show while other figures have either diminished or risen in importance. Some people died early, others died later, while others just died in a different manner.

The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.