No matter where you go on the internet, you can find fans of The Walking Dead comic book series looking for information about characters prior to the apocalypse. From Negan origin stories to “what ever happened to Rick Grimes’ brother?”, fans are constantly requesting add-ons from Robert Kirkman – cough, Rise of The Governor, cough.
Interestingly enough, it sounds like some portions of Season 6 of The Walking Dead will look to answer at least a few of these questions from the comics. In a recent interview with EW.com, showrunner Scott Gimple revealed that the first half of Season 6 will aim to provide a prequel of sorts to parts of the comic that remain unexplored.
“I think there’s a really cool aspect to the first half of the season that serves almost as a prequel to some direct comic stuff in the second half of the season. “I think there’s a way that Robert did some of the story that we’re reaching that had a real past to it, where people are referring to some things in the past in the comic. And we’re able to portray some of that backstory in some ways that you didn’t get to see in the comic.”
What specifically could Gimple be referencing? Only time will tell, but one of the biggest mysteries from the Alexandria-arch in the comics was the back story regarding Alexander Davidson, the founder and former leader of the Alexandria Safe Zone. Douglas Monroe (aka Deanna Monroe from the show), exiled Davidson from the ASZ after learning some unfavorable news about him. Davidson’s back story, as well as his current whereabouts, are unknown and unlikely to be further explored in the comics.
Davidson is mentioned in the show, and we learn that he, along with two other individuals were exiled by Deanna. Similar to the comics, nothing is known about their whereabouts. We are purely speculating, but it is possible that Davidson’s back story will be explained more deeply in the show. Additionally, there is a large possibility that Davidson is now part of The Wolves, which would tie nicely into existing story lines.
And to really grasp at straws, maybe Davidson ends up being the leader of The Hilltop, replacing comic character Gregory. There has been some speculation that The Hilltop will make an appearance in the latter half of Season 6, so anything is possible!
What do you think Scott Gimple could be referencing in his statement? What story lines from the comics could they provide an origin story for in the show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!