Frank Darabont On His “Walking Dead” Ousting

While he’s now happily setup at TNT with his new period drama “Mob City” debuting next month, but it has taken a few years for filmmaker Frank Darabont to start speaking candidly about his ousting back in 2011 as the initial show runner on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.

Darabont was crucial to the show’s initial success but was summarily dumped halfway through production on the second season. At the time it was alleged to be due to disputes over budget cuts and network interference. Glen Mazzara took over the day-to-day in Darabont’s absence, but he has since left with Scott Gimple now in charge of the show.

Darabont tells Variety he couldn’t watch the show anymore because he had a deep commitment and emotional investment in the series, and it was “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.”

He expressed a similar sentiment to Rolling Stone when asked if he still watched the show:

“I 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.

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 f–king kidding me? No, you put that traumatic disappointment behind you and move on with your life.