UPDATE: We now have an interview with Kirkman on the mothership, containing a bit more information, so head on over and check it out!
The question that really caught my attention was why Walking Dead — which has all the gore and swears you’d expect out of a comic with zombies — was on AMC, rather than a no-holds-barred station like HBO or Showtime:
I had no concerns about that whatsoever, because one of the concerns I have about zombie fiction is when they rely too much on the shocking gore aspects. That’s not really the point of “Walking Dead,” so to a certain extant, I think it will work better at AMC—because it forces people not to rely on that stuff. As far as “Walking Dead” not having teeth on AMC, if you’ve ever seen [certain episodes of] “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” they push a lot of boundaries as far as content goes.
In fact, I just had a meeting with a bunch of the executives at AMC, and Darabont, and Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert at Circle of Confusion, and the executives were talking to Darabont about his script and they said, “You can’t use the F-word.” That was the only limitation they gave him. We were all stunned.
Considering Kirkman is an executive producer on the show, I doubt it’ll veer too far off his own creative sensibilities, even as he has said that the show doesn’t have to follow the comic’s trajectory to the letter. And if AMC is really only saying “no F-words,” this zombie show might have some teeth. What do you think?