The Walking Dead has had its fair share of ups and downs this season, and I’m not even just talking about the characters on the show. Since the premier of season 7 with the episode “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” everyone and their mama has made their way to Twitter, Facebook and any available social media under the sun to say what they thought about the show.
Most of the outcry has been of the show’s apparent amp up in violence with the brutal killing of two character favorites, Glenn and Abraham. Well, it seems the squeaky wheels have gotten their oil: The Walking Dead is toning down its violence for the second half of the season and onward.
After a drastic drop in ratings compared to past seasons, the producers decided to listen to what people were saying. According to Variety, the executive producer Gale Ann Hurd confirmed it during a panel at the NATPE conference. “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,” she stated.
Fans of The Walking Dead may have seen the word “torture porn” thrown around a lot in many open discussions and comments. Hurd went so far as to calm down the accusations saying that “this is not a show that is torture porn.” They have drawn their line in the sand and want to make sure not to cross it.
Regardless of your opinion of the violence on the recent season of The Walking Dead, one thing stands out as impressive about this whole scenario. The producers LISTENED. They listened to those speaking loudest and longest, and whether or not you agree with their decision, one must give props to them for taking the audience into consideration.
While their ratings drop could be because of the violence or because the season peaked in the first episode, one thing is for sure, the producers have their eyes and ears on what people are saying.
The violence seems on par with the comics, however. It’s hard to make an apocalyptic show about zombies and near feral humans without cracking a few eggs, or skulls. The Glenn death scene was what the comic book readers hoped it would be, and toning that down would have destroyed a pivotal moment in the story. It was hard enough waiting six months to see it go down.
Will this hurt the fate of The Walking Dead? Will the toned down violence let the story take first chair or will it become The Walking Censored. There’s only one way to find out. The second half of season 7 of The Walking Dead premiers Sunday February 12th at 9/8c.
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