Skip to main content

If you watched The Walking Dead premiere live in the UK, you missed a vital line

The Walking Dead returned to UK screens on Monday night with an episode which was startling in its brutality – yet incredibly, those who watched it live saw an edited version which omitted even more violent scenes, and a critical line at the end of the episode. Spoilers to follow...

In both the US and the UK versions, Negan beats the heads of Abraham and Glenn into a bloody mess with his personalised barbed-wire baseball bat, Lucille. But in the edited UK version, Glenn manages to deliver a heartbreaking promise to his wife saying: "Maggie, I'll find you" before Negan emphatically kills him off – a scene that didn't make the live broadcast.

Wanna see it? It's at 1:33 of the video below.

The reason for the edit is that by this stage, Glenn had an eyeball popping out, and part of his brain exposed – and Fox UK decided that was too gruesome a sight for prolonged viewing at 9pm. Also removed were further heavy blows from Negan, and more close-ups of Glenn's mutilated body and pulverised head. However, the scenes were restored for additional late-night broadcasts.

"As Fox Networks Group is regulated by Ofcom, we have a duty of care to ensure all our programmes broadcast adhere to the parameters of the Ofcom Broadcasting code," A FOX UK spokesperson told Digital Spy.

For more analysis, be sure to read of our season 7 episode 1 recap.

The Walking Dead season 7 airs every Sunday at 9pm on AMC in the US, and every Monday at 9pm on Fox UK in the UK. 

Found something newsworthy? Tell us!

Ben Wilson

I'm GamesRadar's sports editor, and obsessed with NFL, WWE, MLB, AEW, and occasionally things that don't have a three-letter acronym – such as Chvrches, Bill Bryson, and Streets Of Rage 4. (All the Streets Of Rage games, actually.) Even after three decades I still have a soft spot for Euro Boss on the Amstrad CPC 464+.