When you think of the zombie genre, many people immediately associate it with The Walking Dead, one of the most fantastic TV shows ever created. Based on Robert Kirkman’s equally brutal graphic novels and comics, AMC has mostly done an excellent job with the show. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that The Walking Dead hasn’t been without its controversies and mistakes throughout its run. Whether these issues are their fault, AMC is attached to the show as it aired on their station. In this article, we’ll delve into 10 moments AMC might prefer you forget about.
10. Seth Gilliam Arrest
Seth Gilliam, the actor who plays Gabriel in The Walking Dead, has been a part of many memorable moments in the TV series. However, in May 2015, he faced a significant incident when he was arrested for DUI, speeding, and possessing marijuana. Gilliam was caught driving at 107 mph in a 55 mph zone. The major problem was that this incident occurred during the filming of the show’s 6th season, creating a challenging situation for the production. When news of Gilliam’s arrest surfaced, it disappointed many fans, and there was speculation that his character might be killed off in the show.
Fortunately, Seth Gilliam got his act together, and his character Gabriel continued to be a part of The Walking Dead for many seasons. Incidents like his arrest can indeed create challenges for TV productions, but it seems that Gilliam was able to move past it and continue his role on the show. Like any network, AMC would likely prefer to focus on their shows’ and cast members’ positive aspects and downplay any adverse incidents.
9. That CGI Deer
If The Walking Dead is known for one thing, it is how they do a fantastic job with their amazing special effects. However, there have been some moments where the CGI was awful. The worst out of the bunch goes to that awful CGI Deer in season 7. It really is a black eye to that strong reputation. I mean, look at the video below; that’s just the worst CGI I have ever seen on film in awhile.
I mean, how in the world did no one at this big TWD crew, who are being paid pretty well to create this show, look at this and think…” Yeah, this can’t make the final cut.”
The craziest part was that, apparently that Deer was not CGI. According to Aaron McLane, who was the VFX supervisor for The Walking Dead he was quoted saying the following:“I will give you some insight on the deer. Before my time, but here’s what happened. The deer’s not CGI. The deer is real… The deer is shot for a different point, and then they changed it without enough time to go shoot a new deer or make a CGI deer. So basically they went and filmed the deer in the woods, and then from a certain angle, expecting it to fit together nicely. But then editorial changed the angle, and the deer doesn’t fit, so he doesn’t look right. And that’s … why it looks fake. That’s why it looks so CG…”
Regardless of its authenticity, it remains unacceptable that this scene made it into the final cut. It was a significant source of embarrassment and drew considerable anger from fans upon its release. Undoubtedly, this is something that AMC would prefer viewers to erase from their memories as if it never happened in the show.
8. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct Game
Oh, it’s bad; it’s not good. When you think of The Walking Dead and video games, you often think of Telltale’s version and the many mobile games that have come and gone. Well, what if I told you that there was a The Walking Dead video game focused on Daryl Dixon’s story before Season 1 was even a thing? That would be super interesting, but playing the game, it was done horrendously. The game mechanics were broken, the graphics were super awful, the environment was too cheesy, the story was horrible, and it did not meet the expectations it was given, thus resulting in low reviews. It felt like a lazy cash grab, and this flopped hard. With how awful the game is and the fact that AMC’s logo is also in the game, it’s something that they want you to forget about even existing, and honestly, it’s for the best.
7. Lauren Cohan Almost Quitting Walking Dead in Season 3
When many found out that Maggie Greene was originally going to depart after Season 9 of The Walking Dead, many were stunned by this news. However, did you know that Lauren Cohan was almost close to leaving The Walking Dead in a much earlier season?
This was around Season 3, and Cohan admitted that there was one scene where she wanted to leave the show, thinking it was too much. This was when Lori Grimes died in childbirth, and Judith Grimes was born. In the scene, Maggie’s character had to perform a C-section on Lori to save the baby, and Carl Grimes, Lori’s young son, was watching her. It was something that Cohan did not want to do, and she was very close to leaving the show.
However, one man convinced her not to leave the show — Steven Yeun. Yeun played Glenn in The Walking Dead, and Glenn is married to Maggie’s character in the show. Cohan went up to Yeun, discussing how she wanted out and could not go through with the scene. Luckily, Cohan decided to stick around and continue playing Maggie in The Walking Dead.
AMC dodged a big bullet with this one. Lauren Cohan does a fantastic job in her role, and it would not have been the same if a different actress had played Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead. It could have also changed the writers’ plans for the show.
6. The Season 7 Premiere Complaints
The Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead was a highly impactful episode, especially with the brutal deaths of characters like Glenn and Abraham at the hands of Negan and his infamous barbed-wire-covered baseball bat, Lucille. It left a lasting impression on viewers due to its intense and graphic nature.
It was honestly one of the most significant episodes they ever had, but with that level of violence, it was sure that they would get a ton of complaints. Well, they got many of them, were filed with the FCC, and many people called it “torture porn.” The biggest one was from the The Parents Television Council (PTC), which put out a lengthy statement below.
“Last night’s season premiere of The Walking Dead was one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks. It’s not enough to ‘change the channel,’ as some people like to advocate, because cable subscribers — regardless of whether they want AMC or watch its programming — are still forced to subsidize violent content. This brutally explicit show is a powerful demonstration of why families should have greater control over the TV networks they purchase from their cable and satellite providers.”
No matter your opinions about violence on TV, it did not paint AMC with the most fantastic look. The continuous growing complaints resulted in the producers toning down the violence for future episodes. AMC would like you to forget how much controversy they got into with the violence of this episode.
5. The Assassination Attempt on Barack Obama
I don’t like to talk political stuff in my articles, but this situation is hard to ignore. So, if you do not know, Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States. Sometimes, Americans are not a fan of presidents (or political people in general), and there have been plots of attempting to assassinate the president. How does this involve The Walking Dead, you ask? Well, one of the actresses who worked on The Walking Dead had plotted an attempt to kill the president.
The incident involved Shannon Richardson, an actress who appeared on The Walking Dead and was arrested for her involvement in a plot to send ricin-laced letters to politicians. Richardson’s arrest occurred on June 7, 2013, and she was charged with sending threatening letters to various politicians containing ricin. The letters were sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mark Glaze of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, and President Obama. In addition to these actions, she also sent a letter to President Obama containing disgraceful threats. To complicate matters further, she attempted to frame her husband for sending the letters during a contentious divorce.
Richardson was subsequently sentenced to 18 years in prison due to her actions. This incident brought unwanted attention to AMC and The Walking Dead due to Richardson’s prior association with the show. AMC likely wishes to distance itself from this negative association and prefers to keep the focus on the show’s storytelling and production rather than unrelated controversies.
4. The Spoiling Dead
Ah, spoilers. They are one of the most frustrating things to avoid when enjoying a show or movie without knowing what happens beforehand. The Spoiling Dead Fans was a well-known online community that provided spoilers and inside information about The Walking Dead series. While some fans appreciated having access to this information, it could be problematic for those who preferred to experience the show without prior knowledge of key plot developments.
If you don’t remember, the Spoiling Dead was a forum filled with discussions, reviews, speculation, and breakdowns of the show, just like Reddit or any other TWD forum. But they also had a section for spoilers, which is probably their biggest draw. The Spoiling Dead constantly had reports on almost every single detail of the show, spoiled set pictures, and deaths on the show. They even had a detailed Q&A about 3-5 days before the episode aired about what happens in the upcoming episode. They had such an excellent reputation that when you heard a leak was from The Spoiling Dead (TSDF), you knew it was legit.
Like many other television networks, AMC has always had difficulty dealing with spoilers and leaks. Keeping the show’s secrets under wraps, especially with such a dedicated fanbase, proved difficult. AMC could never maintain control of the spoilers being leaked in general, and they would like it a lot if you don’t remember that. Since we’re on the topic of Spoilers…
3. Accidently Spoiling Beth’s Death
This couldn’t be blamed on The Spoiling Dead, as it was AMC’s mistake. On November 30, 2014, AMC aired the season 5 mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, which was going to be the final episode of Beth Greene as she was going to die in this episode. It was a shocking moment. However, that moment was ruined when the Walking Dead’s Facebook accidentally posted an image of Daryl carrying Beth’s body, with the caption “RIP Beth.” too early.
That is problematic as fans on the West Coast had a major death on the show spoiled. While AMC took the post down after realizing their mistake, it was too late as many fans were super angry that this got leaked by the actual performance. This ultimately resulted in AMC apologizing for the accidental spoiler in the post below, and it is just a terrible mistake that AMC wants you to forget happened.
2. Chandler Riggs’ Messy Departure
There have been so many messy departures that have occurred in The Walking Dead. There was the whole Darabont Debacle; Laurie Holden’s departure wasn’t clean, Tom Payne wanted out, but the one that was the absolute messiest was Chandler Riggs.
Chandler Riggs is the actor that played Carl Grimes in The Walking Dead and the moment that he was killed of the series was an absolute shock. Not only did it not make any sense, but it all just seemed so sudden.
A rumored reason why Carl was killed was that Riggs was going to transition to going to college. Which is true, but here is the problem, Riggs was willing to attending college and filming The Walking Dead at the same time. He was apparently also told from the showrunners (Scott Gimple) that he could do it and were excited to work with him for many years to come. Riggs even purchased a house in Georgia to make it work and even had an update on his contract.
The thing that sucks was that he got the call that the show was going to write him off and kill his character for “Storyline Reasons”, which completely blindsided Riggs. The worst part was he got this information around 2 weeks before his 18th birthday and even was told about his death in the show last second. Riggs is family was rightfully upset about this, His father was especially was upset and during the airing of Riggs finally episode posted the following below in a since-deleted Facebook post.
Yeah that post does not paint Scott Gimple very well and its not surprising that AMC told Riggs’s father to delete that post. It was very telling to that he had no part of being in Rick grimes “Final” episode. The whole things was just pretty messy and with how big Carl’s character was and notable that Chandler Riggs was in the show, it is best that AMC wants you to forget how messy the whole departure was.
1. The Whole Darabont Debacle
Out of all the moments The Walking Dead has experienced, this is perhaps its most giant black eye, one that could have potentially ruined the series as a whole. This unfortunate incident unfolded way back in Season 2 of the show.
For those unfamiliar, Frank Darabont was the creative force behind bringing The Walking Dead to television. In 2011, during the production of Season 2, Darabont was unexpectedly fired by AMC due to budgetary reasons. AMC wanted to produce twice as many episodes on a smaller budget than Season 1. Darabont’s termination led to a contentious lawsuit, where he alleged that AMC unlawfully breached his contract, failed to pay him the proper amount, and essentially concocted reasons to fire him, thus denying him millions of dollars.
Darabont’s decision to take AMC to court was understandable, and in July 2021, AMC settled with him, agreeing to pay $200 million and future royalty payments. However, this created a ripple effect within the show. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn, who portrayed Dale in the series, requested to be killed off, and the entire 2nd season was noticeably messy.
The Darabont Debacle also led to more similar lawsuits. In 2017, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Charles Eglee, Glen Mazzara, and David Alpert filed lawsuits against AMC, citing Darabont’s same complaints, including breach of contract regarding owed profits. Regardless of the legal settlements, the entire Darabont saga did not reflect well on AMC and is something the network would prefer viewers to forget ever happened.
So those are the 10 things AMC would like you to forget about The Walking Dead. Do You Agree? Let me know in the comments section, and if you think I left anything out, let me know as well. If you also want to check out other The Walking Dead content, click here and check out the rest of the Strangely Awesome Games content.