Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are arguably the two biggest shows on television today — not counting any reality or live TV programs. There isn’t a noted rivalry between the shows or anything, unless you like to argue which show killed a number of blessed, well-loved characters the best. But both shows do have some interesting parallels, particularly when it comes to their source material.
Robert Kirkman brought The Walking Dead to life on the comic-book page, with shocking turns and twists that fans can’t wait to see on the screen. George R.R. Martin writes his stories for the book-reading crowd, with fans feeling the same way about his epic twists on the show. It’s the major difference between the two that disappoints Kirkman about Martin’s work, though, leading him to share what he would do in a recent profile with Rolling Stone:
I would never do that. That’s the one thing I’m disappointed in George R.R. Martin for doing. He should have just been like, F*ck you. You make it up now, I’ll get to mine when I’m ready.