Warning: This article contains spoilers about The Walking Dead season 8 episode 1 ‘Mercy’.
If we had to survive in a zombie apocalypse, there’s no doubt we’d be dropping F-bombs pretty regularly.
Although there have been strict instructions not to in the past, The Walking Dead is finally allowed to use up to two F-bombs a season. (Fear the Walking Dead did so for its latest season.)
And the first “f**k” nearly came in the premiere episode – only it was cut out.
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In ‘Mercy’, Rick confronts Negan at the Sanctuary and begins to count down from ten before firing at the Saviors. The Alexandrian leader cuts short his countdown and begins shooting prematurely.
As star Andrew Lincoln explained to ComicBook.com, there was originally an expletive in his dialogue.
“I only did one take where I didn’t swear on the countdown,” he said. “I just went, ‘Ten, nine, eight, seven – ah, f**k it’, and then started shooting.
“That must be the only take that I didn’t swear, so I think that it’s important everybody knows that in my head, I was saying, ‘F**k it!’, just as I fired the gun at Negan. With every shot.”
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So why didn’t the swear make the cut? Director Greg Nicotero has a pretty simple explanation.
“We had finished mixing this episode before the F-takes were approved by AMC,” he said. “Otherwise, that would’ve been the perfect spot to put it in.”
While it is a shame that it ended up getting cut, on the bright side that means the show still has two “f**k”s left to use up this season.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday on AMC in the US, with FOX and NOW TV airing the show a day later in the UK.
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