When a beloved (or possibly, in this case, hated) literary character is adapted into “real life”, that transformation needs to be done just right. The character of Negan, brilliantly portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, is known for his way with words; Particularly the F-word and other not so nice 4 letter words.
Along with the dissatisfaction of the now infamous cliffhanger ending, many fans were also disappointed in the lack of vulgarity in Negan’s dialogue. It was Season 4’s, “They’re screwing with the wrong people” scene all over again.
While we all understand there are limits to what can be aired on television (and this show certainly pushes those limits as far as it can), that little bit of language can make a difference. It’s more emotional, more traumatic and we want our full flippin’ Negan!
Before anyone starts up a “Negan drops F- bombs or we riot” movement, Director and Executive Producer, Greg Nicotero, confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that there were two versions of Negan’s entrance filmed and, we will get to see both of them! The season 6 Blu-ray/DVD release WILL contain the full on, colorful, charismatic version of Negan’s grand entrance, F-bombs and all.
Nicotero told EW:
“We had to shoot two versions — we had to shoot the Blu- ray version, which had a lot of the swearing and a lot of Negan’s colorful language, and then we had to shoot the broadcast version. So when you get the DVD or the Blu-ray version; that will have the full Negan speech from the graphic novel.”
He went on to explain further:
“We’re still bound by our standards and practices. We had tried to get away with it when Rick was in the train car and he says, “They don’t know who they’re screwing with.” The options hurt the sequence. We didn’t want to take away from that moment. Even when I did my director’s cut I actually put the Blu-ray cut of the scene into my director’s cut because I thought it was so powerful that I wanted Kirkman and Gale and everyone to see what the sequence looked like with the momentum of Negan’s speech in there. I know Jeffrey and I both kind of preferred that version, it just felt better to be able to say swear words.”
And, for those of you who are scouring the internet, looking to solve the mystery of who met with the business end of Lucille, Nicotero confirmed, not even the cast knows the answer to that question yet:
“It was specifically written that way. The POV shot looking up at Negan in that last moment, I don’t think anyone on that knew what happened. As a matter of fact, if I’m not mistaken, I think we had wrapped all of the actors, because the shot we did with Negan, the sun was coming up and Jeffrey was about to get on a plane and fly back to New York and we didn’t have anybody there because we didn’t want even somebody on the crew or somebody there to go, “Oh I get it, I know what’s going to happen.” So I think they were all gone.”
So, there you have it. Lots to look forward to in the upcoming months! No word yet on the season 6 Blu-ray/DVD release date but, keep checking back with us at Fan Fest News for more info as it becomes available
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