'The Walking Dead' season 7 plot news: Violence will not be toned down, says showrunners

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Just a week ago, one of the executive producers of the highly acclaimed “The Walking Dead” series has asserted that they would tone down the violence in the second part of the season. The decision came after fans’ raged over the gruesome slaughtering of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) during the premiere. However, two showrunners of the TV series opposed the claim.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Scott M. Gimple insisted firmly that Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) horrific murder of the two longstanding characters was intentionally executed to convey a beginning of a whole new twist to the story.

“I don’t think like that’s the base level of violence that necessarily should be on the show,” Gimple stated. “There was a purpose of traumatizing these characters to a point where maybe they would have been docile for the rest of their lives, which was Negan’s point,” he added.

Meanwhile, Greg Nicotero, who also serves as a director on AMC’s zombie-loaded series, consented Gimple’s claim that the brutality was part of their “storytelling bible.”

“Even after looking at that episode 1 again as tough as it was for people to watch, I don’t think we would have done it any differently. There is definitely a difference between violence against walkers and human on human violence, but truthfully, we’re serving our story,” Nicotero pointed out.

It was previously reported that executive producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged the negative feedback of the avid followers of the action drama series and that they were going to tone it down a bit in the upcoming episodes.

Even AMC Networks president-CEO Josh Sapan seconded Hurd’s statement and affirmed that viewers’ complaints matter to them, and they want to take care of it.

Will there be more extreme violence in the show? That is something to look forward to as “The Walking Dead” season 7 returns on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.