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The Walking Dead season finale contained one of the most controversial scenes ever seen on the show: the attempted rape of Carl Grimes at the hands of "The Claimers".

So how difficult was it to convince AMC to go down this brutal route? Answer: not very.

Undead overlord Robert Kirkman has spoken about that scene and his battle with the network to go with his vision, revealing:

Scott Gimple and myself and all of the producers really had to sell it to AMC just to get them on board with what it was that we were trying to do, and thankfully they were. It’s a harsh world, and I think AMC has really invested themselves in a realistic portrayal of these characters and what they would be doing in this world, and that was a part of it. So while it is definitely a difficult thing to portray, I think it’s worth it for the integrity of the show and the realism of the show to sink to these levels and do these things and do them justice.

It's undoubtedly a controversial scene, but at no point did I ever feel like it was simply included for shock value. It was an integral part of the story arc, an event so shocking that it snapped Rick out of his pacifist farmer stage, re-energizing his passion for leadership and ripping out bad guy's throats.

For that, we should all be thankful.

What did you think about the scene? Was it too much even for [The Walking Dead](series:201193) or did it serve the story well?


Was the rape scene too much?



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