Norman Reedus Addresses School Shooting and The Walking Dead Violence in AMC Video
The Walking Dead condensed its New Year's Eve full series marathon — which was not a great move — but used the opportunity to address the show's violence and the recent school shooting in Connecticut.
According to ComicBook.com, this video featuring TWD star Norman Reedus aired as a disclaimer before AMC's marathon of the first eight episodes of Season 3.
“I’m Norman Reedus, and I play Daryl Dixon," Norman says in the video. "Everyone at The Walking Dead and AMC are deeply saddened by the recent events in Connecticut. In light of this tragedy, we want to remind you that The Walking Dead contains some intensely violent scenes. While the show takes place in a fictional world, parental and viewer discretion are strongly advised.”
The Parents Television Council recently argued that TWD should have a rating of TV-MA, marking it as adult content, instead of the TV-14 rating it currently has. It was probably smart of AMC to have one of the actors — especially an extremely popular one like Norman — address the violence issue head-on and remind people of their own responsibilities. Do you think AMC ditched Seasons 1 and 2 of its originally scheduled marathon because of the violence? Yes, zombie Sophia gets shot on Season 2, but Season 3 is arguably the most violent so far.