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'The Walking Dead' Is Finally Allowed To Use The F-Word

Mark McGowan

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'The Walking Dead' Is Finally Allowed To Use The F-Word

In certain situations, there are only a select number of words that really fit the bill as to how you're feeling. For the most part they're made up of four letters and are often looked down upon by people.

Swear words are everything. They're dynamic, versatile and have many variations. They can be used to show jubilation, sorrow, anger and euphoria, which not many other words can do.

Sadly, society has deemed these words unacceptable in certain places during certain hours of the day, and that stems to AMC's The Walking Dead.


In case you hadn't noticed, since the show premiered in 2010, not once has the word 'fuck' been said by a character. That's right, seven years of fearing for their lives, fighting off zombies, and basically being in a swear word permitting world, no one has been pushed enough to use the most popular profanity.

The Walking Dead's sister show Fear the Walking Dead recently dropped the f-bomb for the first time, as Nick Clark, played by Frank Dillane, got the privilege.

According to David Erickson, who works as a runner on the show, they're given a certain number of swear words they can use throughout a season, and they were only recently allowed to say fuck.


"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 'fuck' twice over the course of an entire season," Erickson told Comicbook.com.

"I don't know at what point AMC corporate decided to allow it, but they did."

Credit: AMC


That means that before the current season of Fear the Walking Dead has finished there'll be one more f-word for us to witness, and it also means that The Walking Dead can incorporate it.

If we're being honest, it feels like when you're at school and you're not even allowed to say 'piss'. Then, once a rebel risks it and says 'shit' or 'fuck' everyone gasps in shock.

For most people the curse words are water off a duck's back, so much so that if a sneaky one is added to a TV show which includes bashing brains in, it's going to slip under the radar somewhat.


For most shows, swearing isn't an issue. According to the Guinness World Records, Strutter, broadcast on MTV, holds the record for most curse words used in one episode.

The first ep of the show, about daft videos, piss-take sketches and different takes on current trends, had 201 in it. Good going that, if we're honest.

Featured Image Credit: AMC/The Walking Dead

Topics: AMC, swearing, The Walking Dead

Mark McGowan
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