AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is known for being brutal and violent and, especially for a show on basic cable, startlingly gory at times. Still, as vicious as the show can be, and as it continues to push boundaries, that doesn’t mean it can get away with anything, and the most recent episode of season 5, “Self Help,” or at least part of it, was almost censored.
Just a heads up, if you haven’t watched “Self Help” yet, we’re going to get into some major SPOILERS. So if you haven’t watched, and you actually care, stop reading, because if you complain about it later we’re just going to smack our heads into the wall.
“Self Help” stuck with he recent trend of telling a fairly stand alone story that follows one splinter of the main group for an entire episode. It’s a strategy I like a lot and that gives the show space to tell a complete story. This one follows the company of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Glenn (Steven Yeun), and Tara (Alanna Masterson). There is a big reveal, but most importantly, these are all characters who haven’t had much to do in the series, or at least, in the case of Glenn and Maggie, this season. It’s nice to get to know them a little better.
Ahead of the episode, a few of the stars answered fan questions on Twitter, and Cudlitz let this out in the process:
— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) November 9, 2014
What exactly drew this censorial attention isn’t specified, and while nothing specific stands out to us, there are few things that we think it could be.