‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Second Half Will Be Less Violent: ‘We’re Not Torture Porn’

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The second half of The Walking Dead Season 7 will be a little more tame than the first part, according to a show executive.

Variety moderated a panel with AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan and The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd at the NATPE conference. Hurd was asked during the event if the production team scaled back on violence after the brutal The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere.

In case you forgot, The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere featured two brutal deaths. The first person to die was Abraham after he lost a game of Eeny Meeny Miny Mo. The new bad guy Negan beat Abraham to death with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. Viewers saw the impressions left by the barbed wire on Abraham's skull.

The second to die was Glenn. The viewers saw Glenn’s eye bulge out of his skull after the first swing from Negan’s bat. Glenn tried to say his final words to Maggie when Negan continued to beat him to death as well.

“We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd said during a panel. “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,” Hurd added. The Walking Dead producer also told Variety the production worked hard to make sure they “don’t cross that line.”

The Walking Dead has always been extremely violent. Did people forget this is the same show where Rick killed a man by tearing his throat out with his teeth? Still, Glenn and Abraham’s injuries left many people disturbed after the episode.

Do you think The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere was too violent? Let us know in the comments below. The Walking Dead Season 7 returns Sunday, Feb. 12 on AMC.

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