I think the violence becomes an issue for some viewers when it's done realistically against real people. If the violence was done goofier or portrayed more mainstream, i.e. litttle blood or physical damage, people would be better with it. Violence against zombies is acceptable to the average horror viewer, although the gore probably still turns casual viewers away.
J: You still eating? K: I'm still hungry. (CK 1941) T: You should lay off those candy bars. (TOE 1958)
People didn't have a problem with the grotesque violence until it happened to one of the most beloved characters in the show (Glenn.) Then it struck a cord and all of a sudden people mistakenly thought (or pretended to) suddenly have a problem with the excessive violence in general.
Hardly anyone would have given a damn about a guy getting bludgeoned and one of his eyeballs popping out if it had happened to a far less popular character. Tht's my (expert) take on it.
That's right. No seemed to care that soldier boy (don't even know his name) was also beaten to death. Or when Merle lost his hand, now that was cold because he was left behind by his own.
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