Is the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead so violent and disturbing that some scenes have been cut?
This seems to be the case after an interview with star Steven Yeun - AKA Glenn - in which the actor claimed some scenes were so shocking, he wasn't even sure if they were even legal:
I remember a couple of scenes I would look over at what was going on in the scene and I would be like, ‘What the eff? What are we doing? How is this legal? It's grounded and real, too; it's not like torture or gore for no reason. It's literally, that is what would happen and we are trying to show it. It would not work on network television, let me tell you that.
This is not the first time we've heard about the brutality of the Season 5 premiere. Only last week Lauren Cohan, AKA Maggie, made similar statements about the episode, saying some of the scenes were "so disturbing" she didn't think they'd make it onto TV.
We already witnessed some seriously shocking scenes in [The Walking Dead](series:201193) Season 4, probably none more so than Rick's attack on Joe's throat:
However, after hearing what Steven and Lauren have said about the violent nature of the upcoming premiere, I'm starting to get worried that the censors will get their hands all over the episode and cut all the controversial stuff out. If, as mentioned, the violence is not gratuitous but rather serves the story and is grounded in realism, then I think it should be kept in.