It's official: You'll get to appreciate Negan's potty mouth in all its uncensored glory in the Blu-Ray version of The Walking Dead finale.
The famously crude character from the comic books — played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan on the show — uses an F-Bomb to punctuate just about every other word. But on American television there are certain rules that have to be followed, and thus AMC had to tone down the sailor talk during the broadcast of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale.
Innocent viewers might not notice the F-bombs being sneakily deactivated under milder words like "pegged" and "screwed," but there is profanity in the script and on the screen that just doesn't make it into the audio. That is, unless you bring all the bad words home with you on Blu-Ray.
Remember back in Season 4, when Rick said:
"They're fucking with the wrong people."
The "fucking" part got dubbed to "screwing" during the original broadcast, and didn't get put back in until it went to Blu-Ray and DVD.
Here's the squeaky clean dubbed version:
And here's the fucking filthy one:
So, what are the censorship guidelines exactly? The FCC imposes rules on all public network television and radio (remember George Carlin's seven dirty words you can't say on TV?), but cable networks like AMC or HBO are under no such guidelines. Instead, they set their own rules about how profane, violent, or sexual their shows can get. (For instance, Mad Men was allowed two "shits" per episode, and no "fucks.")
Which salty terms are off-limits on The Walking Dead? Those guidelines haven't been published as of yet, but it's safe to assume you'll only ever get Negan: Uncensored on the Blu-Ray version.