Update (1/23): As you can see in the comment section of this post alone, fans were not happy with the comment made by executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, who said The Walking Dead isn't "torture porn". Now, the showrunner of The Walking Dead, Scott Gimple, and executive producer and VFX supervisor Greg Nicotero are not only giving an update to Hurd's comments but actually contradicting them and re-assuring the fans that The Walking Dead won't be putting a limit on the amount of violence and gore they show. Here's what Gimple and Nicotero had to say:
"As brutal as that episode 1 was, it’s still part of our storytelling bible, which is what the world is about," Nicotero said. "I don’t think we would ever edit ourselves, and I think — even after looking at that episode 1 again — as tough as it was for people to watch, I don’t think we would have done it any differently. I don’t think we’ll ever pull ourselves back. There is definitely a difference between violence against walkers and human on human violence, but truthfully, we’re serving our story.”
EW asked if the scene in Episode 7 "Sing Me a Song" where Negan puts an iron to the face of one of the Saviors for hooking up with one of his wives was edited due to the negative response after the season premiere as the scene didn't necessarily due the violent comic book page justice.
“Specific to that scene, I guess specific to everything, no,” says Gimple. “Greg Nicotero is the greatest makeup special effects guy in the world, but… what you don’t see sometimes can be so much more horrible than what you see, what you imagine. And with the iron, that’s a really good example. That’s something that I think the audience should do a little bit more of the work on. Also because as far as that kind of moment, the reality of what that would look like is strange looking. We’ve been in fist fights when we were kids on the playground and there’s amalgams to that violence, but that kind of strange burn, the audience doing that in their head, even hearing it, it’s just a different moment.”
Now, this could easily be an attempt by Scott Gimple to re-attract the fans who were turned off by Gurd's comments last week, but either way, we have two different executive producers saying completely opposite stories. Also, it wasn't like the media was stretching out what Gurd said as she was clearly shocked by the negative response and was supportive of reducing the violence of the show. Don't be surprised if more comments on this issue pop up before the series' return on February 12, but until then, the only way we'll get a full answer will be when we have a chance to watch the episodes for ourselves.
#TheWalkingDead has been on break for over a month and many fans are ready to jump into the action. However, even though The Walking Dead looks to improve after its winter hiatus, the show has had a noticeable dip in quality and entertainment this season, which had turned off many fans.
The season premiere gave off the intention that the rest of the season will be filled with plenty of violence and gore. Instead, it appears the show will only become less violent as time goes on and it turns out it's all it's all the epic season premiere's fault.
The Walking Dead Cut Back On The Violence After The Negative Response To The Season Premiere
It turns out that the reduction of violence wasn't all in our heads. After the Season 7 premiere aired, fans were not only devastated at the deaths of two favorite characters but how gory the episode was. A lot of viewers complained that the episode was too violent for their liking and as a result, the violence had to be cut back.
The executive producer on the show, Gale Anne Hurd, spoke with Variety on Wednesday about the negative response to Glenn and Abraham's barbarous deaths forcing the show to make adjustments to the violence on the rest of the episodes of the season.
“We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd said during a panel session at the NATPE conference. “We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season. 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.”
Hurd makes it pretty clear in this statement that The Walking Dead won't be exceeding the violence portrayed in this season's premiere episode ever again. The series has had an array of violent moments, but Negan and Lucille swept the show with their merciless entrance. Obviously, The Walking Dead isn't going to be stripped of all its violence, otherwise it wouldn't be The Walking Dead at all. However, was this the right move by the producers?
Should The Walking Dead Cut Back On Its Violence?
This is a big move by AMC and the producers of The Walking Dead to state to the public that they will be reducing the amount of violence shown on the show. If this was The Flash, this would be totally understandable considering it's a TV-PG show on The CW. However, The Walking Dead is an adult show that is rated TV-MA, which is the highest rating a TV show can be labeled before it enters pornography territory.
At the same time, Glenn and Abraham's death weren't just any old violent scene you might see on TV. You saw the two character's heads bashed in with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. On top of that, you see Glenn's eye pop out of its socket and then his head being smashed in so hard that his head had practically become liquid. Fans who have been watching the series for seven seasons have to realize that even though we are used to the normal zombie gore, violence against actual humans is still difficult to watch. Given that logic, the season premiere probably crossed the line.
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In the end, the producers had to make the statement that they will stepping back on the violence they air each Sunday night, but only to a certain extent. The Walking Dead will always be a brutally violent show and if a person is not able to handle watching gore, this is the wrong show for them.
What do you guys think about The Walking Dead cutting back on the violence? Discuss below!