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Stephen Patterson

This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 7.

The Walking Dead has always made the headlines but recently it seems to be for all the wrong reasons. From slow-paced episodes to boring new characters, the hit AMC series just can't seem to catch a break. However, during an episode that aired several weeks ago, the show raised viewers' eyebrows for a completely different reason — one particular scene featured a rather unrealistic computer generated background. The scene caused uproar with fans of the show and sent the internet into a frenzy. To be fair, it did look pretty fake.

Despite the harsh criticism, it appears that hasn't learned from its mistakes. The latest episode was hit with a similar reception due to a scene that featured a CGI deer and, even to those of us watching in standard definition, the computer generated animal was pretty noticeable.

[Credit: AMC]
[Credit: AMC]

It didn't take long for fans of the show to take to social media to bash the effects. Some viewers remarked that the deer resembled "PS2 rendering" while others thought that the show had spent their budget on Shiva the CGI tiger and as a result the other effects have been of a poorer standard.

The Walking Dead is recorded on film as opposed to the standard digital video that the majority of modern day TV series use. As a result, the show has a gritty, grainy feel which is perfect for a show set in such a devastating, post-apocalyptic world. However, as the strong grain gives the show a sense of realism, poor CGI sticks out like a sore thumb.

As you can see from the image above, the deer doesn't fit with the rest of the shot, and for some reason the animal has an almost supernatural effect, something that one viewer called "mythical." Let's take a look at some of the most vicious, crazy and downright hilarious comments from the show's peeved viewers.

Michonne and Rick were on the hunt for weapons in the latest episode:

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One viewer took the opportunity to compare this deer to Game of Thrones' Emmy-winning dragons. Clearly there is no comparison.

And my personal favorites:

Even though the latest episode of featured a heart-stopping moment where we all thought Rick had bit the dust, it's nice to see that these fans have their priorities in order. If we're being honest though, that deer was pretty hard to miss. While the show has been improving each week, the effects seem to be getting worse. Then again, it's not the first time The Walking Dead has had questionable CGI and it probably won't be the last.


Was the CGI deer really that bad?

The Walking Dead airs 9/8c Sundays on AMC.

(Poll Image Credit: AMC)


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