The Walking Dead has promised to “tone it down” after backlash over violence
The Walking Dead has promised to tone down the violence for the second half of season 7 after receiving complaints over the brutality of the premiere episode.
A certain level of gore and violence is to be expected in a series set in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and The Walking Dead fans are no strangers to a bit of blood and guts.
However, the level of brutality in the premiere episode of season 7 was just a bit too far for many viewers last year. ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’ saw Negan bludgeon well-loved characters Abraham and Glenn to death with his barbed-wire covered baseball bat, Lucille. The graphic and relentless scenes of torture upset many longterm fans, who argued that producers had cheapened the show by relying on pure shock value.
During a The Walking Dead panel at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd promised that they will reign in the violence for future episodes.
He said: “We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence.
“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 continued, insisting producers are taking steps to ensure “we don’t cross that line”.
Ofcom launched an investigation in the UK after the viewer uproar over the opening episode. However, FOX was given the all-clear from the regulator last week, since the broadcaster “took appropriate steps to edit the programme” for the 9pm showing.
The Walking Dead will return on February 12 on AMC in the US and February 13 on FOX in the UK.