AMC zombie survival drama The Walking Dead is without a doubt on of the most popular shows on American television (particularly amongst cable networks), though producers of the series are reportedly planning to give the fans of the show’s origins a little service while also sucking more of the life out of a show about the undead.
As of February, it has been confirmed by The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara (retweeting a comment originally made about an article in Walking Dead Magazine), the series is to ‘go back to its roots’ by airing reruns of the first two seasons of the show on AMC without colour.
Originally believed to be a unique ‘one-off broadcast’ as part of a fan special broadcast event earlier this year (where the pilot was shown in black & white), is a style that will now be applied to all 19 episodes that aired before the season 3 premiere in October, with the move planned to match the style of the Robert Kirkman-made comic series of the same name that inspired the show, and perhaps reflecting on the success of ‘modern silent movie’ The Artist, which won five Oscars in January, though it may not go down well with the majority of fans who would rather see colourful blood and a show that doesn’t look like it should have been aired five decades ago.
While producers had at the time given slight consideration to the idea of filming all future content in the format, it has been confirmed that all new episodes will remain in full colour, though it is unclear whether or not you will only be able to see decolourised versions if you want to catch a Walking Dead re-run on AMC, the same as whether the show will be offered in black & white in its upcoming 2-season DVD/Blu-ray box set.
In more ‘current’ news surrounding the show, it has been revealed that like many series that are popular, The Walking Dead has run into controversy with protest groups (in this case, the PTC (Parents Television Council)), who are said to be disputing the TV-14 rating that the AMC show holds, claiming that this is too lenient on a series which portrays ‘graphic violence’, as the PTC’s Tim Winter recently wrote: “Throughout its run, the AMC program ‘The Walking Dead’ has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable. The intensely violent content has included depictions of the cleaving of human skulls with a machete. Extreme gun violence including graphic depictions of blood and brains splattering after gunshot wounds, and the use of a sharpened human bone as a weapon to stab another character. Clearly, this is content appropriate to an adult-only audience, but AMC has rated every single episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ as suitable for a 14-year-old child.”
The fans of the zombie drama are currently in the midst of a ‘mid-season drought’ after the first part of season 3 concluded at the start of this month, though the plans to affect the series’ past will serve as a popular talking point over the couple of months until its return on 10 February 2013, at which point there will be gritty new episodes and remixed old ones for fans to tune into.
While it is an ambitious and unique effort to suck the colour out of the show’s previous episodes as a tribute to the original comic, surely diehard fans have already worked out that they could just ‘do it themselves’ if they wanted by turning their TV into greyscale mode? It worked for the picture you see above…