A Milder Walking Dead – Say Good-bye To The Show’s Brutality

January 19, 2017

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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‘Walking Dead’ fans are about to be upset. Our beloved series is about to change thanks to a few overly-sensitive people who could not handle the season 7 premiere. The head-honchos of the series have decided to go back and edit the second half of the season and tone down the violence.




Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd on the new milder ‘Walking Dead’:

We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd stated 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,” Hurd said. After the backlash over the finale, “we don’t cross that line.”



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Did they forget that it has been a show featuring violence and zombies since day one? The decision to minimize the violence will change a lot of scenes. No more head bashing, no more guts being spilled. I remember a time when if you didn’t like something on TV you got up and changed the channel instead of demanding that a show be changed.

If the premiere would not have been as brutal fans wouldn’t have reacted as strongly to the characters’ gut-wrenching deaths which gave the characters motivation to fight back.

The next half of season 7 and season 8 are about an all-out war with Negan and his men. Can that really be accomplished properly with a minor level of violence? I don’t know about you but I want to see Rick, Daryl and the group rip Negan and his men a new one.


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I can’t help but wonder if the violence issue is a scapegoat for the season’s bad ratings. I mean, the showrunners have to blame someone/something besides themselves. Their decision to make the violence milder may end up hurting the series more. I can’t picture a less violent Negan, it is kind of his thing. Lucille is thirsty after all. ‘The Walking Dead’ will return on February 12th.

Here’s the scene that has caused some people to demand change, which is complete bull sh*t in my opinion. It is all fake, it’s a TV show people!



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