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The Walking Dead

Former Showrunner Frank Darabont Blames “Truly Malevolent People” For Dismissal

Frank Darabont still feels like a jilted lover.

The original showrunner of The Walking Dead is responsible for putting together the amazing cast, writing several early episodes, and essentially piecing together the bones of the show that is still kicking butt in Season 4.

TWD Season 1 only had six episodes, then Frank was fired in July 2011, while they were still working on Season 2, which had 13 episodes but a smaller per-episode budget from AMC. Now Frank is working on Mob City with two TWD alum: Jon Bernthal (Shane) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale).

Frank told Rolling Stone he hasn't been watching TWD for the same reason that he wouldn't go to the wedding of a woman he loved if she left him for the Pilates instructor.

He hasn't talked too much about what happened, because he "had to take some time off after that to really reassess everything, to really get over the emotional devastation of having some truly malevolent people tear asunder a brilliant family that had gathered to create this hit for them."

Yeah, the emotions are still pretty raw.

As Frank continued, "It was a very, very deep and loving family, the cast and the crew, and to have that torn apart was when somebody throws a hand-grenade into that situation, it's tremendously emotionally trying. So would I want to watch another episode of The Walking Dead after that? Are you fing kidding me? No, you put that traumatic disappointment behind you and move on with your life."

Yikes. He may not love the AMC suits, but he still adores the cast, and they never say anything but great things about him. It does sound a bit like an ugly divorce, with the actors as the kids everyone wants to protect through the changes.

Glen Mazzara, Frank's number two, was also let go after they finished filming Season 3. Now Scott Gimple, Glen's number two, is at the helm and he'll continue to steer the ship into Season 5.

Do you wish Frank’s vision had been able to continue, or do you like the direction of the show as it is now? Weigh in below!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

Source: Rolling Stone


11.19.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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