Though the series contains gory zombies and violence galore, one adult element that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has never indulged in oddly enough is profanity.
With Jeffrey Dean Morgan taking on the role of Negan on the series, a big question has been whether the character’s signature trait of swearing like a sailor will be incorporated. Speaking with EW, Morgan indicates that we will get something along those lines – though don’t expect the character to go all Malcolm Tucker or Al Swearengen on us:
“We’re going to push AMC – the plan is to push them as far as they can because it’s who Negan is. He uses some colorful language. And I use some colorful language. And reading the comic, it’s important. So we’ll see where that lands. It’s our intention that this character is going to leap off the pages of the comic book. It’s very important that that’s who it is. Some of the characters there’s much more leeway, but Negan is a guy that you want to keep as true as possible, and that would be how I want to play him as well.”
AMC is the sticking point here. As the series is on basic cable, there’s limitations. On occasion shows like “Breaking Bad” got away with the occasional use of the f-word. What will they allow ‘Dead’ to get away with? We’ll find out when Negan makes his first appearance in the season finale sometime in April next year.