Frank Darabont Is Still Hot Over Being Fired From The Walking Dead; Shockingly Doesn’t Keep Up With The Show


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.


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  • YL

    I think your wrong. The show has gotten worse in my opinion. The whole reason it is successful is precisely because of the first and second season. Now it’s a soap opera wrapped around the zombie apocalypse. I almost done with it. A few more tedious episodes and I’m switching channels. Why do they need so many executive directors. Everyone seems to be adding their own little story ideas.

  • ga

    Absolutely agree … the show is going from awesome to sucks and there’s more time spent in commercials than in the show. Typical AMC money grab.

  • Liam

    Agree completely. When I watch a show about zombies, shock horror, I get upset when there are little to no zombies or zombie related storylines in an episode.

    Also, real businessmen are sociopaths. Get a clue.

  • Wednes

    Season One watches like one long drama that has zombies in it. It was brilliant television. Season Two doubled the number of episodes while cutting the budget–pretty much announcing that now that they have an audience, they didn’t give a crap about the quality of the show. Darabont did, and was fired for his insistence on quality–something AMC didn’t think they needed to worry about. It’s only zombie fans, right?

    AMC didn’t just fire Darabont from the show he built for them, they waited until after SDCC–letting him promote the hell out of the show and talk up the Second Season. Only when the fans were salivating to see more of Darabont’s work that they decided they’d rather fire him than risk going over budget.

    That said, Season Two was godawful. Six straight episodes of Rick/Lori/Shane love triangle. Lori doing one stupid thing after another, while Daryl wanders around alone looking for a girl that was locked in the barn the whole time. A strong half-season ender, followed by six more episodes of high-school level drama topped off with the insultingly terrible death of Dale. Yes, because a zombie who took all day getting his own feet out of the mud can suddenly rip apart a man’s insides with his bare hands. And let’s not forget the gun Carl dropped, backed away from, left in the grass, and then suddenly had again later. Really? If you can get past all that, and the unlimited ammo, and the inconsistencies about who is infected, and Carl being near death but playing ball a week later, and that kid whose leg got stuck on the fence who was also up and walking in a week or two, maybe it was an okay season. After all, there were zombies.

  • Joe

    BETTER after Darabont? Really? You just lost me as a possible fan, and gained me as a HATER for displaying such imbecilic remarks. Your taste is a pathetically unfunny joke at best. I hope you get fired, seriously, as you have no place in this line of work.

  • Matthew Legarreta