While it's strayed from its origin source comics throughout its run, "The Walking Dead" almost included a word-for-word line from the series to cap off its fourth season -- but the expletive-laced comment was eventually censored for viewers.

Andrew Lincoln, who stars as Sheriff Rick Grimes on the AMC zombie drama, told The Hollywood Reporter that he fought to include the original line, which contains an F-bomb. In fact, he recited the line intact during one take of the final scene from season four, in which Rick is telling his group that the people that have imprisoned them at Terminus don't realize who they've become entangled with.

In the comics, Rick says, "They'll feel pretty stupid when they find out they're f-ing with the wrong people." But the version that made it on air was slightly altered, with Rick saying, "They're going to feel pretty stupid when they find out ... that they're screwing with the wrong people."

"The gloves certainly came off this season with Carol's episode, Carl, losing Hershel, and now this. I thought it would be an incredible moment to see the moral cop lay that one down," Lincoln explained to THR about his fight to keep the line as-is. "... I did a few takes and said, 'It's done!' and [showrunner] Scott [M. Gimple] said we had to do the other one. I said, 'It's amazing, we have to leave this in!'"

Despite Lincoln's pleas, the censored version won out, and the actor said the F-bomb take would be preserved "for the hardcore fans." A video of Lincoln's original line reading is now online, and will be included in the bonus features of the season four DVD.

​Check out the clip -- which is pretty badass -- and get excited for more "Dead." Season five of "The Walking Dead" premieres on October 12 on AMC.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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AMCTVMAOctober 31, 2010
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