File this one under “I don’t know what they expected.”
According to THR, the Parent Television Council (a nonpartisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment) wants the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board to change “The Walking Dead“‘s rating from TV-14 to TV-MA, referring to its current rating as a “misrating.”
It’s pretty easy to see why PTC would take umbrage with “The Walking Dead.” In literally every episode someone (living or dead) is maimed, murdered, assaulted, cannibalized, disemboweled, decapitated, dismembered, given a cesarian section with a hunting knife and no anesthesia, etc. But for the sake of absolute clarity, here’s what PTC president Tim Winter has to say about their reasoning for demanding a more severe rating for the zombie drama:
“Throughout its run, the AMC program The Walking Dead has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable. 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.”
PTC members have yet to get a response from AMC to their thousands of letters asking them to change the rating to make it clear that this show is not for the faint of heart. There is no sign that AMC has any plans of changing the rating any time soon. For now, the show’s premise and honest advertising as a bleak show about desperate survivors in a world filled with cannibalistic, strangely virile corpses will have to do.