I’m really not comfortable with that level of gratuitous violence. I’m still quite unsettled by it, four hours after having viewed it, and wonder what effect seeing that level of violence has on younger or unstable minds. I think the show risks losing viewers if they continue down this road of escalating brutality. I haven’t had a problem with the mutilation aspect where the zombies have been involved because it is far removed from reality. The detailed brutality of those beating scenes just takes it to a grotesque level that isn’t necessary in telling the story. I’m interested in seeing how the story develops but I doubt I’ll be able to stomach the gore and wonder what it says about me if I choose to sit through it.
I don’t watch horror these days so I’m not sure if what was portrayed is on par with what is shown in modern horror movies. I couldn’t sit through the first “Saw” movie even though I couldn’t get enough of the big horror franchises of the 1980s.