Fans of The Walking Dead have been complaining about the season six cliffhanger for the entire summer, and the premiere was supposed to bring the negative talk to a halt.
After a brutal and devastating episode, it seems as though the complaints have grown more than they've subsided.
Audiences have claimed that the episode was too violent for television, and that the deaths of Glenn and Abraham were a bit unnessecary.
Many fans are saying they are done with the show after the recent events.
While speaking with ComicBook.com's Walking Dead Insider Brandon Davis, Greg Nicotero (who directed the episode) had a message for those negative fans.
In his eyes, the brutality and shock of the episode was what made it a quality viewing experience.
"That means we have done something to affect these people in a way they don’t necessarily know how to process," Nicotero said. "I’m a big Game Of Thrones fan and I’ve been shocked at the turn of events on that show, but I still love it."
Comparing any show to Game Of Thrones is high praise, but Nicotero feels that this premiere of The Walking Dead really set the tone for the rest of the series.
Even though he believes they made the right decisions, he also addressed the fans that didn't enjoy the episode.
He encouraged those audience members that this heartache they're feeling is what makes the show great, and that they should appreciate what's happening.
"It’s a knee jerk reaction that people have because they care about these characters. If we killed someone and they didn’t care and they're like 'Okay no big deal I’m just gonna go have a bagel and not worry about it', than that means we haven't done something to connect our people to the characters. It's unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it because as far as I’m concerned I’m dedicated to watching a show to see where it goes next."
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