Looks like the opening of season 5 might be more brutal that we expected. Here are quotes from two articles.
“Get ready for it, The Walking Dead fans. When the AMC zombie drama returns for its fifth season, the opening scene is said to be seriously intense. In fact, from what we were told at Comic-Con by some of the cast and writers, it sounds like the first six minutes of Season 5 are going to be brutal, and some of the cast didn’t see it coming.”
“No details were given on what exactly happens in these first six minutes, but Greg Nicotero did say he and Scott Gimple collaborated on it together. Gimple pitched him the idea, Nicotero envisioned it and came up with a plan, and then they went about shooting it… without informing the cast of exactly what was happening. “I remember when we were filming it, the other actors had no idea how I choreographed things,” Nicotero told us. “So when certain events occur during those first few minutes, everyone’s reaction was ‘Holy shit, did I just see what I think I just saw?’”
Nicotero said the secrecy was inspired by that scene Ridley Scott did in Alien, when John Hurt was on the table and none of the other actors knew what was going to happen. Leaving them out of the loop prompted genuine reactions. “I kind of stole a little of that,” Nicotero told us. “Because I didn’t want these guys to know what was coming up, and it worked really well.” ”
From Movie Pilot
Is the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead so violent and disturbing that some scenes have been cut?
This seems to be the case after an interview with star Steven Yeun – AKA Glenn – in which the actor claimed some scenes were so shocking, he wasn’t even sure if they were even legal:
I remember a couple of scenes I would look over at what was going on in the scene and I would be like, ‘What the eff? What are we doing? How is this legal? It’s grounded and real, too; it’s not like torture or gore for no reason. It’s literally, that is what would happen and we are trying to show it. It would not work on network television, let me tell you that.
This is not the first time we’ve heard about the brutality of the Season 5 premiere. Only last week Lauren Cohan, AKA Maggie, made similar statements about the episode, saying some of the scenes were “sodisturbing” she didn’t think they’d make it onto TV.
We already witnessed some seriously shocking scenes in The Walking Dead Season 4, probably none more so than Rick’s attack on Joe’s throat.
However, after hearing what Steven and Lauren have said about the violent nature of the upcoming premiere, I’m starting to get worried that the censors will get their hands all over the episode and cut all the controversial stuff out. If, as mentioned, the violence is not gratuitous but rather serves the story and is grounded in realism, then I think it should be kept in.