Why Rick Losing His Hand is Essential to Walking Dead's Message

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A series like The Walking Dead is filled with disturbing and violent moments, but one unforgettable sacrifice stands apart.

And even if the TV version of the story chose not to show the shocking moment where Rick Grimes' lost his right, this development has an unexpected metaphorical significance that, no matter the meaning, embodies the Walking Dead's message more clearly than any other.

The events leading up to the scene are simple enough: in Issue #28 of the Walking Dead comic series, Rick is captured by The Governor, who soon demands to know the location of Rick's camp.

Rick refuses and, as a punishment, the Governor cuts off Rick's right hand. This was a major change in Rick's character that, to Robert Kirkman's dismay, the Walking Dead TV show chose not to adapt.

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