By Jay Hunter – Say what you like about The Walking Dead, but one thing you can’t deny is it doesn’t hold back on the gore. In fact, I once made a pressing argument that the gore in The Walking Dead was a reason why the show was keeping horror relevant.
After a turbulent start to the new season, with steep drop off’s in ratings, the numerous complaints to AMC seems to have finally caved the showrunners. Reported by Variety:
“Walking Dead” exec producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged Wednesday that the negative response to the bludgeon slayings of two key characters in the premiere prompted producers to make adjustments in episodes that were still in production at the time of the Oct. 23 season premiere.
“We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd said during a panel session 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,” she added. After the response to the finale, she said they gave strong consideration to making sure “we don’t cross that line.”
Needless to say, fans of the show were furious about the news. Although the show appeals to millions of ‘mainstream’ and passive fans, the core demographic is of course the horror community. Taking to Twitter to voice their opinion to Bloody Disgusting, many fans were outraged:
After this huge shift in their programming, it’s to be expected that the show will be toned down in future seasons. It’s a risky move from the shows producers, which has no doubt rattled their loyal core fanbase, although the show still draws in around 10 million viewers per episode, it will be interesting to see just how many times the show can anger it’s fans and get away with it.
The Walking Dead will return 12th February in the US and the 13th February in the UK