For years Walking Dead fans have spoken ad nauseam about how AMC will handle Negan’s colorful language on cable television. Will he be watered down? Will he replace the f word with the s word? What about the h and c words? The possibilities seemed endless. But now, it’s looking like Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan might be able to drop f bombs like it was Pearl Harbor.
According to Entertainment Weekly’s interviews with producers, the scenes with Negan (which were confirmed for the Season 6 finale) were shot TWICE…one with f bombs and one with fewer. For more on what The Walking Dead censors will allow, we go to Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Executive Producer Greg Nicotero:
“I would say that there are certain words that try as I might, we are not allowed to say on AMC, and those are certain words that Negan likes to say. So those words are going to be filmed, and people are going to be able to get those words, but there are definitely some broadcast limitations that we’re going to have to deal with. We’re sorting that out now, but I will say that, worst-case scenario, the extras will be extra-special on Blu-ray. I mean, we’re trying to explore some other more interesting options, but that’s the bare minimum of what we’ll be doing.”
(On if he shot Negan’s entrance in the season finale two ways) “That would be a very good guess. We’ve talked about that. Even back when Michael Cudlitz was cast as Abraham we were like, ‘Damn, how are we going to deal with Abraham’s dialogue?’ And I think Gimple went, ‘Yeah, Abraham’s dialogue is fine. It’s Negan that we’re going to have problems with because every other word of Negan’s is f—.’ There is a rhythm to it that even in some of the takes that we did. What I affectionately call the ‘f— takes’ have a completely different rhythm to them and a completely different feel. So while editing it, I was very careful to make sure that I preserved a lot of the performance without getting myself into trouble with the profanity.”
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