Fear the Walking Dead has just broken down some major walls for The Walking Dead, as the spin-off series in the shared universe used the F-word for the first time in last Sunday's episode. One of the biggest differences between the comics and the hit AMC show is the lack of curse words from the main villain, Negan. That's not to say that The Walking Dead hasn't used some pretty colorful language over the course of the last 7 seasons, but it's the spin-off series that has introduced AMC to the F-word, which is sure to follow in the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 8.
"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. 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."
The most interesting part besides letting everyone know that Fear the Walking Dead hasn't used up its F-word quota yet, was that the policy also extends to The Walking Dead. Erickson says he's not sure how it all happened behind the scenes at AMC, but it is official.
This means that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan} is going to be able to say 2 F-bombs in the The Walking Dead Season 8. Some fans have expressed disappointment in the decision while other fans are ready and excited to see Negan reach his full word bank. At any rate, we're going have to wait until the end of October to see if Negan starts using his new vocabulary word during the course of the first episode of Season 8. Though the word is allowed on AMC now, the Blu-ray editions of the show do not contain any other colorful language in the unrated discs.
That being said, it is most definitely Negan who has been the biggest victim of the swearing cull. Turning the pages of Robert Kirkman's comic book of The Walking Dead, one can barely turn a full page without the leader of the Saviors peppering his sentences with the F-word. Someone with a lot of extra time on their hands did the math for Issues number 100 through number 148 and Negan says "f%[email protected]" a total of 282 times, followed by the simplified "f%@k" at 117 times. Other favorite words included a few mentions of the C-word and a number of other colorful utterances.
While AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead are now allowed to drop 2 F-bombs per season, it isn't clear if other shows on the network will be allowed to follow suit. But it would be odd if the other shows weren't allowed to join in on the fun. The Walking Dead returns for Season 8 on October 22nd, 2017 with its new and improved language.