Zombies are the pinatas of The Walking Dead but the fiesta is over. The gore will be edited out, at least on MyNetworkTV, which will air back-to-back episodes this Fall. The censored version will have a TV-14 rating.
AMC originally rated the series TV-14 but it was changed to TV-MA after complaints by the Parents Television Council (PTC).
“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,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “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.”