I know there are people out there who disagree with me but, in my mind, The Walking Dead got substantially better once Frank Darabont was removed as its showrunner. Don’t get me wrong—I love the work of Frank Darabont. The Mist is a terrific horror movie, and The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films of all time. But for some reason, his vision of what The Walking Dead should be just didn’t gel with what I personally wanted from the show. And once Glenn Mazzara (and later Scott Gimple) got on board as showrunner, things improved substantially. The show still ain’t perfect but, compared to most of Season 1 and Season 2, it looks like The Wire. But like I said, there’s people out there who clearly disagree with me—and no surprise, Frank Darabont is one of those people…and isn’t afraid to show it.
Currently on the press circuit for his rebound show Mob City (starring Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal), Darabont recently shared with Variety his thoughts on being canned from the show, and whether or not he still watches it. The answer is clearly the latter. According to him:
“Oh god no, why would I? If the woman you loved with all your heart left you for the Pilates instructor and just sent you an invitation to the wedding, would you go? There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a s**t about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.”
Yeah, it’s been a few years, but Darabont’s still hot about this one.
In all seriousness, I get why Darabont would be pissed—getting fired from a job (especially one you really cared for) is always upsetting. But at the end of the day, I think the change in power benefited the show. And, yes, sorry Darabont—AMC doesn’t care about your feelings. That doesn’t make them sociopaths; it makes them businessmen. And considering the huge success of the show, good ones at that. And besides, unlike most people fired from their jobs, Darabont has little to complain about—he has a new gig, and a whole new show to get his hands into. Very few people can say the same thing.
Anyways, what says you on Darabont’s firing? Did it end up benefiting the show like I thought, or are you one of those Darabont Defenders? Be sure to insult me in the comments. It’s the best forum to do that, really.