The Walking Dead doesn't have the liberty of tossing foul language around like some of the shows of HBO or Netflix. Instead, the gore heavy zombie drama is forced to operate under cable standards and FCC regulations as its late Sunday night slot on AMC only affords for certain words to be used.
The issue became one fans were discussing heavily as Negan was set to arrive on the show. In Robert Kirkman's comics, Negan is almost defined by his colorful language which includes F-words at least a couple of times in each of his speech bubbles.
Negan, however, is not the only character who heavily uses F-words and other foul language. Rick Grimes is guilty of the same language, quite often, as are many other survivors.
While the cast members who play these characters on cable can't bring the language to cable, it doesn't mean they don't get a few cuts in where they drop the language to intensify the moments on set. We all know of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's deleted introductory scene loaded with 23 F-words and other colorful additions but there are several other scenes fans may not have seen.
Not This Guy
During Tom Payne's introductory episode as Paul "Jesus" Rovia, he lead Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon on a wild goose chase around the outskirts of Alexandria.
The Hilltopper equipped with ninja-like abilities also has the skill to bring the worst language out of Rick Grimes. As it went on the TV show, Rick tried to convinced Daryl that they don't have to kill every living person they encounter outside of their community. When Daryl asks, "Like this guy?" shortly after Jesus jacked their truck full of food, Rick responded, "No, not this guy."
In the deleted, alternate version, Rick responds with a more colorful, "No, f--- this guy," after punishing some orange soda.
Sometimes the brutality of the world calls for harsh language.
Just after Carol almost opened up about the fates of Lizzie and Mika, the little girls who died in the woods with her and Tyreese after the "look at the flowers" moment, Daryl puts his hardened exterior on display.
Rather than giving in to Carol's troubled times and emotional moments, Daryl tells her, "F--- the way it was," in an effort to force Carol into adopting his more careless view on the apocalyptic world.
Of course, this is likely a front for Daryl's soft side which all fans of The Walking Dead know is buried in there, somewhere.
The Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead lead to one of the most iconic premieres in the show's history (well, until Glenn and Abraham...). Carol wouldn't have been able to save everyone from Terminus if they had not been huddled into a train car in the first place.
With their backs against the wall, having had bullets shot at their feet and their weapons taken away, Rick's group appeared to have no way out after being rounded up into a train car to end the season. It seemed like they were cannibal meat.
That's until Rick Grimes ended the season on a darkly optimistic note. "They're gonna feel really stupid when they find out," Rick said to his group.
"They're f---ing with the wrong people," he says in the deleted, too vulgar for cable version.