The world may have lost its collective mind when Glenn and Abraham were killed off in the first episode of #TheWalkingDead Season 7, but one person who isn't swept up in the hype is the original zombie maestro, George Romero.
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Not only is Romero not keen on The Walking Dead, but he thinks that it's actively detrimental to the zombie horror genre, telling IndieWire:
"|All of a sudden, here came 'The Walking Dead.' So you couldn’t a zombie film that had any sort of substance. It had to be a zombie film with just zombies wreaking havoc. That’s not what I’m about.
Now, because of 'World War Z' and 'The Walking Dead,' I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be sociopolitical. I used to be able to pitch them on the basis of the zombie action, and I could hide the message inside that. Now, you can’t. The moment you mention the word zombie, it’s got to be, ‘Hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that.'"
It's interesting to hear a dissenting voice in the near-universal wave of Walking Dead love, but Romero's comments will doubtless have pissed a few people off. His anger seems to be directed more at the people who choose which movies get funded rather than The Walking Dead specifically, but he certainly ain't no #TWD fan. Add your thoughts in the comments below!
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For those of you who love The Walking Dead more than Romero does, here's a tear-jerking video about the late, great Glenn Rhee.