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The Walking Dead will be toning down its violence thanks to the S7 premiere

01.18.2017by: Eric Walkuski

SPOILERS for The Walking Dead's Season 7 premiere below... if somehow you haven't seen it or heard about it.

The Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead immediately became a lightning rod for controversy last October, thanks to the very gruesome deaths of Glenn and Abraham at the hands of Negan and Lucille. Many fans of the series found it was too much, that offing these likable characters in such grisly fashion was the moment The Walking Dead finally went too far. Me, personally, I thought the brutality was necessary, but I absolutely understood the blowback. Zombie kills and side characters being torn apart are one thing, but these murders were absolutely merciless.

It would appear as though the cries of outrage did not fall upon deaf ears. The Walking Dead's executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said as much during a NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) press conference, noting that the negative feedback forced the team to reconsider how they portrayed violence on the show.

From Variety:

We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence... We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.”

While The Walking Dead is notorious for its startling bloodshed, Hurd wants to distance it from "torture porn."

This is not a show that is torture porn,” she said. After the response to the finale, she said they gave strong consideration to making sure “we don’t cross that line.”

Don't worry, gore fiends, I'm sure there will still be plenty of entrails and brain matter to play with going forward. But I'm guessing the next time a fan favorite gets their number called, it won't be as devastating as the demises of poor Glenn and Abraham.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Are The Walking Dead's producers overreacting?
Source: Variety

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12:21AM on 01/19/2017
Honestly, I'm kinda baffled by the complaints about that scene. IT WAS ALL OFF-SCREEN! There was hardly any gore whatsoever! Glenn's eye popped out and Abraham had a dent in his head. Whoopee. There've been far worse deaths (Noah, Dale, that one guy who got impaled on the spikes and eaten).

If the show actually followed the books (not that they could do that on AMC), these people would have a freakin aneurysm.
Honestly, I'm kinda baffled by the complaints about that scene. IT WAS ALL OFF-SCREEN! There was hardly any gore whatsoever! Glenn's eye popped out and Abraham had a dent in his head. Whoopee. There've been far worse deaths (Noah, Dale, that one guy who got impaled on the spikes and eaten).

If the show actually followed the books (not that they could do that on AMC), these people would have a freakin aneurysm.
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4:42PM on 01/18/2017

FFS!

Why the fuck is everyone such a pussy nowadays? Clearly these people haven't read the comic, which this show is an adaption of and features way worse stuff like; Michonne being raped and tortured by the Governor before delivering some swift justice of her own just as brutal, if not worse.
Why the fuck is everyone such a pussy nowadays? Clearly these people haven't read the comic, which this show is an adaption of and features way worse stuff like; Michonne being raped and tortured by the Governor before delivering some swift justice of her own just as brutal, if not worse.
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