On social media today, the only thing everyone’s talking about is last night’s seventh season premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the brutal deaths of key characters that have been fan favorites.
The episode was so brutal and has been compared to torture porn so much that there’s a big fan movement saying that they intend to leave the series in regards to the deaths which didn’t tone down the graphic and disturbing nature of the bloody beatings which didn’t cut away and were deliberately drawn out.
What fans and critics have been justifiably upset over though is the reliance on TV tricks that began with a fake out death last season and hit fever pitch with the cliffhanger ending of last season. The premiere only doubled down on this, incorporating useless flashbacks and outright false ‘what could have been’ scenarios along with drawing out the reveal for almost a full twenty minutes before the deaths.
It was a deliberately and highly emotionally manipulative style, but the episode’s director Greg Nicotero sees no issue with it and points to “Game of Thrones” as an example of fans still being invested in a show despite many key deaths. He tells Uproxx:
“I would say that [their threat] means we have done something to affect these people in a way that they don’t necessarily know how to process. 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!”
AMC has also brought online a pair of videos that serve as a ‘fallen farewell’ to key characters that didn’t make it through the episode. Check them out below: