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“The Walking Dead” Is NOT Toning Down Violence in Any Upcoming Episodes

Consider this rumor killed.

Last week, “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd noted during a panel that the show’s violence had been toned down in the wake of backlash to the brutal Season 7 premiere, leading many to worry that the series is going to be a bit more family-friendly going forward. This concerned us greatly, but today we’re happy to report that we have little reason to be concerned.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and executive producer/frequent episode director Greg Nicotero clarified that the show’s violence has not been and will not be toned down, contrary to what Gale Anne Hurd said last week. The show has indeed been less violent since the Season 7 premiere, but that’s only because it’s returned to business as usual; in contrast, subsequent episodes may have seemed less violent, but the reality is that the deaths of Abraham and Glenn were WAY more brutal than anything we usually see on the show.

Gimple explained:

The violence in the premiere was pronounced for a reason. The awfulness of what happened to the characters was very specific to that episode and the beginning of this whole new story. I don’t think like that’s the base level of violence that necessarily should be on the show. It should be specific to a story and a purpose, and 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. But I will say again, the violence in the premiere was for a specific narrative purpose and I would never say that that’s the baseline amount of violence that we would show on the show. If we’re ever going to see something that pronounced, there needs to be a specific narrative purpose for it.

Nicotero added that they have no plans on censoring the show, going forward:

As brutal as that episode 1 was, it’s still part of our storytelling bible, which is what the world is about. I don’t think we would ever edit ourselves, and I think — 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. I don’t think we’ll ever pull ourselves back. There is definitely a difference between violence against walkers and human on human violence, but truthfully, we’re serving our story.

And there you have it. When “The Walking Dead” needs to be violent, it damn sure will be.




  • zombie84_41

    Thank god. 🙂 now give us mad violence.

  • Derry

    Good i was getting worried..

  • Horrible Day

    That’s great for the people that still watch this show, it’s bad enough now even without toning down the violence

  • RedNeoCon

    Season 7 Spoilers!

    :The group faces challenges:

    • Saturn

      Damnit! You should have left more space between the spoiler warning and the actual spoilers!

  • joewaters


  • Meatwad

    This is good news. If the blood in WD was too much for you,… LEAVE!

  • Shayla Francis

    Oh thank god!!

  • Shayla Francis

    Plus TWD is not that gorey, like it has its moments but I am not gonna sit here and compare it to other things

  • ScriptGiverTJ

    Phew. Now, how do they plan to no longer make it a terrible show?

    • Meisha’s Taint

      It’s still AMC not FX……….

  • SuperKilla


  • Meisha’s Taint

    God damn right you won’t

  • Khy

    Lol They are trying so hard to make everyone happy. TWD should be smart and end it soon. I really would hate to see this show being booed off the air 5 seasons from now.

  • Dan

    Brilliant on TWD people to start up this controversy & take the heat off the ratings slippage.

  • Darth_Siskel

    Trolling muthafu-…

  • Pc

    too late.

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