It has been an interesting thing since the series started. Since the series is based off of a comic book, the fear has always been that those who've read the comics would have the ability to ruin the series for the uninitiated. This was taken into account by the writers from the beginning. There have been many interviews with the writers... way too many for me to link to here, but easy enuff to search for. I'm going to stick to everything that has happened so far and not touch anything that is to come. I know how some people are about having any clue about what is coming, so I am more than happy to let it roll in. This article is going to show that it is next to impossible for me to truly ruin the show.
The writers first goal was to make the show different, yet parallel to the comics. There are similarities, but there are HUGE differences. I'll point out 3 differences that highlite this point.
First... Darryl and Merl are not in the comics... at all. The fact that Darryl is still in the show is a glaring difference between the show and comic which is acting like a wild card to us who've read the comics. We are just as anxious to see what is going to happen next with Darryl and when Merl is eventually going to show back up (we all know it has to happen, right?).
Second... Shane would have died at the end of the 1st season, not the 2nd. A lot of the 2nd season would have been altered if Shane wasn't there, so it was quite different from the comics as well.
Lastly... Sophia doesn't become a walker and is killed. In the comics, she is still alive at this point and is starting to become Karl's girlfriend.
As you can see, the writers have made it different enuff that both noobs and the comicboys can watch the show and still hold their interest...
Saying ALL of that, there are some things that are similar, and I'm sure that those things are enuff to make some show watchers irate. The one thing that they have done is kept some events/ locations constant. Not all of them, but a lot of them. The show had the CDC, while the comics didn't. Definitely made us go... "Hmmmm..."
I guess what this article is all about is if you find yourself on a Vine with someone that reads the comics, they don't necessarily know what is going to come any more than you do. When you are guessing at what is going to come... theirs is just as much of a guess as yours when it comes to the details. There simply is no need to plug your ears and scream like children for the comicboy to get off the Vine. What they can offer can usually be found in the previews and trailers. Plus, as I said earlier, the difference between the 2 is always expanding. I know I said I wasn't going forward, but there isn't anything a comicboy can ruin about the inside of the prison. It is already THAT different...