One of the biggest complaints about The Walking Dead television series is that for a show filled with violence and gory zombie deaths, they are inexplicably strict when it comes to language. Anyone that has read the comics will know that the source material is chalked full of every curse word imaginable, especially once Negan arrives on the scene.
Unfortunately for show fans, they’ve gotten used to a watered-down version of the dialogue. Even some of the most iconic lines from the comic just don’t pack the same punch in the show, like Rick’s “They’re screwing with the wrong people” line or Negan’s introductory monologue.
It was a bit shocking, then, when a character on Fear The Walking Dead dropped an uncensored F-bomb last weekend. According to Comicbook.com, there has been a recent policy shift at AMC that will allow for language a little more in line with that of a horrific zombie apocalypse.
“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,” said Dave Erikson, the showrunner for Fear The Walking Dead. “I think it was our script coordinator 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. So you’re allowed, at least for now you’re allowed to say it.”
Erickson also added “And it’s an interesting line between TV-14 versus TV-Mature. I don’t know at what point AMC corporate decided to allow it, but they did.”
AMC hasn’t shied away from the F-word in the past, allowing it to be said once per season on Breaking Bad. It’s also popped up Mad Men, Preacher, and Better Call Saul. It’s not like AMC is suddenly going to turn into HBO overnight when it comes to foul language, but at least this is a step in the right direction. The Walking Dead is a show about death, murder, and the horrible realities of humanity. It’s violent and bloody. It’s perfectly reasonable that someone would utter a casual F-word at least a few times in that universe.
The real question, of course, is which character gets to play with the new linguistic toy when Season Eight of the show returns in October. Easy money is on Negan, of course, but it could also come from an unexpected source. Like all the F-bombs in Breaking Bad, you can be certain it will be used in a very impactful way.