While back in October American viewers got to experience the blood, guts and gore of The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere in all it's grisly glory, what you may not have known is that for viewers in the United Kingdom it was another story altogether.
Fox UK, the channel which broadcasts the show in the UK and Ireland, took steps to censor some of the more shocking scenes from the premiere episode. Despite certain scenes being edited, Fox UK ensured that the censorship did not alter the narrative of the episode.
Take a look at the censored version of Abraham's murder:
As you saw, the footage of his bleeding skull were cut, and instead the scene focusses more on the shocked reactions from Rick, Sasha and Rosita. Also you'll note that the final scene of Abraham's body with a smashes skull were removed, as Negan saying "You guys! Look at my dirty girl!"
Now take a look at Glenn's death:
In Glenn's death scene footage of Glenn's dislodged and bulging eye, as well as the five second shot of a disfigured Glenn saying "Maggie, I will find you" were completely cut. And, like Abraham's death scene, the final shots of Glenn's wrecked and quivering body lying on the ground were completely cut, instead just focussing on reaction from the other characters.
Now, months later, Ofcom — the broadcasting regulators in the UK — has officially said that Fox UK made the right call in censoring the episode, which despite the censorship, still prompted multiple complaints from UK viewers. Speaking to Digital Spy, Ofcom stated:
"Our investigation found that FOX took appropriate steps to edit the programme for the 9pm showing. As Fox Networks Group is regulated by Ofcom, we have a duty of care to ensure all our programmes broadcast adhere to the parameters of the Ofcom Broadcasting code."
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Even though it was censored, a record number of viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the episode, with 1.43 million catching the episode within the first 24 hours, a 59% increase in viewers compared to the Season 6 premiere (the previous most watched episode). Meanwhile the episode was watched by 17.03 million viewers in the US.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on a yet-to-be-confirmed date in February.
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Source: Digital Spy