Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) died. That’s how broken-hearted fans remembered the seventh season premiere of the zombie-themed series. The death of the two longstanding characters has become very controversial on social media and the fanbase itself because of how they were brutally murdered.
Will there be more gruesome scenes in the second half of the season? Well, it appears that the producers have acknowledged the extreme reaction, and they may have decided to tone it down a bit in the second part of season 7.
In a recent panel session at the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) conference, “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd sat down with AMC Networks president and CEO Josh Sapan and “Fear the Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo to talk about the reaction to the violence in the show.
“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,” Hurd asserted. She also emphasized that the zombie apocalypse TV series is “not a show that is torture porn.”
“When something matters a lot and it has a universality, then you’re bothered by it and you care about it,” Sapan added.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly has posted a teaser photo of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in a junkyard surrounded by a group of people wearing black. It’s speculated that the person with his back to the camera is Dwight (Austin Amelio). However, iDigitalTimes claims that the man couldn’t possibly be Dwight because Negan (Negan) is always keeping an eye on him.
It should be noted, though, that Dwight managed to talk several factions into working together to take down Negan in the source material, so anything is possible. But as Entertainment Weekly has noted, the person does look like a woman.
“The Walking Dead” season 7 returns on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.