The Walking Dead producers admit to cutting violence on show after backlash
Here’s a shock bigger than that Walking Dead season seven opener: The Walking Dead producers claim the show has actually cut down the violence in response to audience reactions.
Fans of the show will remember the extreme backlash that occurred after new villain Negan smashed in the heads of two fan favourite characters in last October’s season seven premiere. The scenes were described by critics as needlessly violent and gruesome, with some fans promising not to continue watching the series.
In fact, fans may even have made do on the promise – as ratings dropped to their worst in four years following the premiere of season seven.
Now, the Walking Dead bosses have officially confirmed that subsequent episodes of series seven had been deliberately edited to be less gory.
Speaking at a conference for the National Association of Television Program Executives, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd 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.”
She also addressed accusations that the show qualified as “torture porn”, explaining that the show’s creatives are careful never to “cross that line”.
However, that’s not to say the show is going cold turkey on the gore and violence. In the latest trailer for part 7B, which was unveiled during the Super Bowl celebrations over the weekend, Negan’s bat Lucille is back in action once more.
Check out the trailer here: