The Pale Horse Book Comparison

There are a lot of things in Amazon Prime Video’s The Pale Horse that differ from the Agatha Christie book it’s ostensibly based on. The television show, for one (see /Film’s non-spoiler review of the series here), takes a much darker, psychological noir approach that focuses more on the moral rectitude of the characters than the whodunit of the mystery. 

The series’ shift in focus comes with multiple changes to the plot and the makeup of the original story’s key characters. The alternations are numerous, so many that outlining them all would result in an almost-book-length article on its own. Some of the major changes are worth noting though—case studies, if you will, of how the tone and intent of the two creative works take separate creative paths. Read on to learn about some of the key differences between the Amazon show and Agatha Christie’s book. 

And warning: major spoilers abound below for both.

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The Pale Horse Review

The Pale Horse, a two-part series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, is loosely based on the eponymous book written by Agatha Christie. Those expecting a nail-biting whodunit filled with Christie’s trademark cheek, however, will not find that here. And that’s not a bad thing, necessarily, as some of the best film and TV adaptations out there drift far from their source material.

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