Yes. I talked to [showrunner] Scott Gimple after I was hired and I said, “Look, I want to read the comics. I want to get caught up and up to date, but I don’t want to mislead myself. How much of what Abraham does is going to be based on the comics?” He said, “Go ahead and do that. All of your backstory is going to be almost exactly as it was from the comic book as far as what happened before we met him.” It’s an awesome jumping-off point.
The Walking Dead
In answering a question about whether he read the comics after being cast as Abraham, Michael Cudlitz let slip that Abraham will be nearly identical to his comics counterpart:
Daryl had found a new family after the loss of his own brother, and he had become not only a valued and respected member, but someone who could actually joke around. He was finally beginning to see the light at the end of a very dark and brutal tunnel, and now that’s been ripped apart with the fall of the prison, with the banishment of Carol. We’ll have to see how he copes with those twin tragedies.
The Walking Dead’s Producer Gale Anne Hurd previewed a little about what’s in store for Daryl: