Ofcom is investigating The Walking Dead after those gruesome Negan murders
British television regulator Ofcom is investigating The Walking Dead for graphically violent scenes it believes may have breached protocol.
The opening episode of The Walking Dead‘s season seven ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’ hit some fans hard as series favourites Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) were bludgeoned to death on screen by a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.
Despite FOX airing a cut version of the episode compared to AMC in the US, enough fans complained to Ofcom about the graphic scenes to warrant an official investigation.
An Ofcom representative told The Sun: “We’re investigating scenes of very strong violence shortly after the 9pm watershed, and whether these scenes were justified by the context.”
The episode shocked fans and authorities alike, with the US-based Parents Television Council president Tim Winter describing the episode as “one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television”.
He continued: “It’s not enough to ‘change the channel’, as some people like to advocate, because cable subscribers – regardless of whether they want AMC or watch its programming – are still forced to subsidise violent content.”
“I understand violence is inherent to the storytelling here but the manner in which the depictions were made… it crossed the line.”
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead executive producer and director of ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’, Greg Nicotero, has defended the episode against critics.
He told reporters: “Listen… I’ve been shocked at the turns of events on [Game of Thrones]. But you know what? I still love it. And I’m still committed to seeing where that story goes. So I think it’s a knee-jerk reaction that people have, because they care about these characters. That’s a tribute to every single actor on our show that has perished.
“It’s unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it… [and especially] if that’s really what’s going to happen [and they’ll stop watching], because the show still has a lot to offer!”