ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

After the first episode of last night's [The Walking Dead](series:201193) season 5 aired across the globe, a bit of a social media storm has been brewing over the increased and graphic violence in the AMC show. So I'm here to ask the question - do YOU think that The Walking Dead has become far too violent, or do you think "heck, it's a horror show!?"

I think it goes without saying, but this article has some mild spoilers regarding TWD season 5 episode 1, so if you haven't seen it, I advise you read on with caution!

So in this episode we had explosions, throat slitting, zombies graphically eating people's faces, threats to break a baby's neck, people getting stabbed in the throat with shark spikes, etc,etc. Now this IS a horror show about zombies, so shouldn't we expect that kind of thing? Although it WAS obvious that they'd upped the gore with the 'walkers', I didn't think it was overkill, because I know that's what a lot of horror fans like.

Saying this, the only thing that I will honestly say I thought was too much was within the first 5 minutes of the episode, where we have people lined up, smashed over the head with a metal baseball bat, only to have their throats slit VERY graphically. I mean, it was a bit much - they were butchered like pigs in a slaughterhouse, and I just can't imagine that people enjoy watching that kind of thing? Maybe that's just me, but I've always preferred the psychological scares behind living in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam the earth, over the excessive blood, guts and gore.

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead

So by no means am I saying that The Walking Dead is going downhill, because it's totally not - in fact it just keeps getting better and better! I'm also not saying that a bit of blood and gore doesn't belong in the show, because it TOTALLY does, just not in huge excessive amounts. The point I'm trying to get across is that I don't believe they should be so incredibly graphic just for the shock factor, because the show does currently have a MASSIVE fan base, so they don't want to scare them off!

Enough about my opinion, do YOU think 'The Walking Dead' has become too violent/graphic, or do you want them to keep ramping up the gore next season? Let me know in the comments below!


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