There are certain curse words you may hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan utter as Negan in season 7 of The Walking Dead. There are a few others you may eventually bear witness to when the Blu-ray/DVD sets come out. But there are about a million others taking place on set during filming of the AMC zombie drama, and the only ones lucky enough to see and hear them are the cast and crew of the show.

Morgan has been ensuring that high-octane Negan is always present and accounted for by unleashing a seemingly never-ending stream of profanity during takes. EW was down on the set in Senoia, Georgia, and saw it first hand. Morgan usually gets plenty of PG-13 takes under his belt and then lets it rip, making sure the characters he is sharing scenes with feel the full impact of Hurricane Negan and what they are up against.

“We push it as far as what I can and can’t say,” Morgan explains. “I’ll throw in s—s and hells and Jesus Christs and Goddamns everywhere I can, but even that there’s a limit to. Then they turn me loose. Someone will say, ‘Okay, it’s time.’ That’s all I need to know. That’s when I just go f—ing nuts and I’ll add all the f—s and all the original Negan language. So I memorize it two ways: I learn what’s okay for TV and then I learn the Negan way, which is nothing barred. And I will add every f—, f—ing, f—edy f—, and more, just to f—ing get a reaction.”

Check out the video above, in which Morgan expands on just how many swears he’s unleashed so far, and why what doesn’t make it on screen in terms of language is just as important as what does.

The Walking Dead returns on AMC on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET.

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