The Walking Dead Toned Down the Gore After Premiere
The Walking Dead Violence Toned Down After Season 7 Premiere
The Walking Dead Season Seven Spoilers to follow…
The Walking Dead‘s seventh premiere episode was perhaps its bloodiest and most gruesome to date and was accompanied by somewhat of a backlash online.
During a panel associated with The Walking Dead at NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) executive producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged that due to “feedback on level of violence” following the season 7 premiere, the crew “did tone it down for episodes we were still filming.”
Hurd continued to say:
“Your show’s not a success if no one cares when you kill off main characters.
“They let us know they were heartbroken,” although the TV show was being “semi-consistent with the comic book” on which it is based.
After a Season 6 cliffhanger which left fans wondering which characters were about to be killed by the character Negan, Season 7 opened in a very gruesome and gory manner as Negan killed two people using ‘Lucile’, a bat wrapped in barbed wire and continued to repeatedly hit their corpses.
There was some who stated that the popular AMC show had gone too far with its depiction of violence but as executive producer Hurd states, it was an iconic moment from the comic book that they were adapting.
The Walking Dead has also set a precedent for violent deaths in previous seasons as have other TV programming such as Game of Thrones.
However, the producers of The Walking Dead noticed the reaction and took steps to tone down the violence for the rest of the season:
“This is not a show that’s torture porn….let’s make sure we don’t cross that line.”
The appeal of The Walking Dead may be on the decline with the premiere receiving 17.03 million viewers in its initial broadcast on AMC in the United States.
This number slipped down to 10.4 million viewers by episode six, the lowest figure since season three before recovering slightly in the next episode.
Nevertheless the show, based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, has been a huge success for AMC and continues to attract tens of millions of viewers worldwide.
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