One of the most frequently searched questions that bring people to this blog is “who is the father of Lori’s baby?” I have answered that question in some of our prior posts but can now offer more elaboration to that answer. My awesome wife bought me several volumes of The Walking Dead comic for Christmas and I have barely been able to put them down. Incredible books that blow away the show. I think the show and the books are both awesome in different ways but the show is limited when it comes to graphic content whereas the comics are not. The comic is very graphic too and much more violent and insane.
As to the father of Lori’s baby; I had read and reiterated on former posts that it is strongly implied in the comic that the father of Lori’s baby is Shane. Now that I have read the comics I can tell you more about how that is implied. First of all, they all think that the baby has to be Shane’s. Dale being the number one suspect by confronting both Rick and then Lori with that possibility. Rick admits that it is likely but he doesn’t want to think about it, mentioning that he and his wife had only been together once since his return. Right before the baby is born, one of the volumes begins with a flashback to Lori and Shane’s heat of the moment hook up and she tries to talk to Rick about it. Rick does not want to hear it and more or less tells her he knows but doesn’t care. I think her thinking about that night and trying to talk to her husband about it does imply that she herself believes the baby to be Shane’s.
Shane does not make it nearly as long in the comic, being killed in the first volume before the group ever leaves their first initial camp. Shane goes a little crazy with the pressure of being in charge and the difference of opinion he shares with Rick, who is clearly in competition with him for leadership. Shane also becomes infatuated with Lori and incredibly jealous of Rick. He and Rick go hunting near the end of the comic and Shane points his gun at Rick with the intent to kill him but Carl had followed them and shoots him first. Carl later talks about the shooting mentioning that he didn’t like Shane because of how he acted around his mother. Shane is buried at the camp having not turned into a zombie. Once Rick finds out that people turn into zombies when they die whether they were bitten or not he travels back to the camp and digs Shane up. Shane rises from the grave as a zombie and Rick monologues for a moment before killing him for sure.
I will say that I am very grateful for getting the comics for Christmas and cannot wait to finish the series. It is an easy read and it is nonstop intensity throughout. It is so much more savage than the show because it isn’t limited by a TV rating system. There are several differences all throughout the comics as well. People who have died in the show are still living in the comic and people who died in the comic are still living on the show. Some of the characters are drastically different as well. Most notably the Andrea character. I really really hate Laurie Holden in the show and I am always wishing her to be eaten by a zombie. In the show she is such a drama queen and such a bitch. Whether she is giving a suicidal teenager an opportunity to kill herself or just demanding a gun after shooting one of the coolest group members in the head (Daryl) she is just the worst. On the show she is non-stop drama and always causing problems. In the comic she is an utter badass, the best shot in the group and the most loyal to her mate, Dale. I was actually surprised by how much I liked Andrea in the comic and wish she wasn’t such a bitch in the show.
These comics are really awesome and if you are a fan of the show I strongly recommend you checking them out. In a matter of days I breezed right through the first ten volumes and now have to impatiently wait for the next few to be delivered through Amazon. They are really easy to read and manage to say so much without any pointless conversation. My wife has also picked up the books and is also having trouble putting them down. So if you are on the fence about these at all let me go ahead and push on over to the right side, these stories are worth your time and I think anybody will like them. Keep in mind they are very graphic though, if you don’t have the nerve for it then stay away.
UPDATE 5/6/5: Looking back on this makes me laugh. Not about the question of who the father is but of how innocence I was in reading this comic. I never knew it would become such an addiction. I wait patiently every month for “Walking Dead Wednesday” and that gets me about 5 minutes of relief. Depending on what happens after that I can hope for nothing more than a matter of days before I get that itch again and start to Jones for the next issue. The Walking Dead is far and away the best comic I have ever read but the show has to slow down now and again to stay behind the source material. This is why we have boring episodes in which nothing really happens so frequently. The author of the series has suggested that he has plans for 300 issues, and the most recent issue was 140. Still way ahead of where the show is at but it moves at a much slower pace.
I actually think the spin-off show Fear The Walking Dead has the potential to be much better because it has freedom outside of this limitation of a source material. Should The Walking Dead run into the same problem as HBO’s Game of Thrones and begin to overlap I don’t think Kirkman will allow his story to be spoiled in such a way. I hope not anyway.