TV series The Walking Dead has finally broadcast the “F-word” for the very first time.
A sequence in the film that saw Daryl and Rick arguing with one another regarding Negan’s fate had Daryl seemingly frustrated. This scene sees Glenn saying, “And you sure an f— wouldn’t have found any of us.”
The Walking Dead has filmed many scenes with the “F-word” but none of has ever been aired. Some of these scenes have been released on DVD Bonus and Blu-Ray.
The decision to use the word almost came two years ago with a change in policy at AMC.
“You get a specific number of curse words you can say, and then there’s a list of what you can and can’t do,” former Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson told ComicBook.com in 2017. “I think it was our script coordinator who told me there was an email had come up; there had been a memo saying we could now say “f—” twice over the course of an entire season.”
While Fear the Walking Dead has had “F” words in the past, The Walking Dead hadn’t used it until Saturday night. Actor Andrew Lincoln also admitted that he did use the word but learned it was ultimately muted.
“I only did one take where I didn’t swear on the countdown,” Lincoln said. “I just went, ’10, 9, 8, 7.. Ah, f— it,’ and then started shooting. That must be the only take that I didn’t swear so I think that it’s important everybody knows that, in my head, I was saying ‘F— it!’ just as I fired the gun at Negan. With every shot.”
Here’s what executive producer Greg Nicotero said about the scene:
“The moment that Andy’s talking about is when [Rick] says to Negan, ‘Oh, you’re gonna make me count?’ And the he goes, ’10, 9, 8, 7,’ and then he just goes, ‘Ah, F it!’ Loads the gun and opens fire on Negan and the group,” Nicotero explained. “We had finished mixing this episode before the F-takes were approved by AMC. Otherwise, that would’ve been the perfect spot to put it in.”
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