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Was The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier Too Violent? Producer Greg Nicotero Defends the ‘Red Wedding’ Style Season Opener

“The Walking Dead” killed off two of its more beloved characters last night in about as brutal a fashion as possible, but with an incredible amount of controversy. The once committed fans and critics of the show have even said they will stop watching AMC’s most popular show.

To those of you reading this who are thinking of quitting the show, “The Walking Dead” executive producer and director of the brutal episode Greg Nicotero,  offered his wise words on Monday morning.

(Major Spoilers below!)

“We have done something to affect these people in a way they don’t necessarily know how to process,” Nicotero told a group of reporters. But, he added, “Glenn’s not dead, Abraham’s not dead — their spirit lives on. There’s more story to tell with the result of what happened with those people. I look at it a little differently. This show still has a tremendous amount to offer.”

The Walking Dead Exectutive Producer Greg Nicotero with a zombie from the show

The Walking Dead Executive Producer Greg Nicotero with a zombie from the show

What will be on offer will be a further exploration of the power dynamics of this new world order, showcasing King Ezekiel, Alexandria, and Negan’s Saviors.

As for criticisms that the “Walking Dead” crew essentially trolled viewers by not actually revealing the deaths until more than 20 minutes into the episode — and delivering a sort of fake-out where it seemed as though only Abraham would die — Nicotero argued that two deaths are utterly crucial to shape the rest of the season.

“We felt that one death would do the trick, but the second death, Glenn’s death, really propels us into a very different direction,” Nicotero said. “Glenn’s death has a lot to do with Rick’s future story, and Maggie’s future story, and certainly Daryl’s story. It made for a more right overall story arc for a lot of these other characters.”

 Nicotero likened the gruesome beatings to the deaths of characters on  his favorite show, “Game of Thrones” and played up the violence of the scene in the source material. ‘Game Of Thrones’ is arguably the most gruesome and shocking show on television, it goes as far as to kill off the most popular characters at times, the most famous scene was the ‘Red Wedding ‘ episode.
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Abraham Ford – One of two main characters killed off in the season opener

“I remember sitting next to Steven [Yeun] when I read Issue 100 [of the comics], and talking to him and Robert [Kirkman] about it,” he said. “And what struck me about it was it was horrifically graphic and senseless and brutal. I wanted to try and capture those moments.”

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