Frank Darabont: “WALKING DEAD” executives are “sociopaths”


Having moved on to the highly anticipated crime-drama series MOB CITY (debuting December 4 on TNT), Frank Darabont nonetheless still harbors some very strong feelings about his dismissal from AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD.

Speaking to Variety while promoting MOB CITY, Darabont had this to say about his departure from THE WALKING DEAD, reportedly due to budget disputes: “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 shit 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.” And he responds to the question of whether he currently watches the show thusly: “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?”

Darabont, of course, originated and developed THE WALKING DEAD based on Robert Kirkman’s comics, and served as its executive producer during the first two seasons. MOB CITY stars DEAD alumni Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn along with Jeremy Luke, Milo Ventimiglia, Alexa Davalos, Neal McDonough, Jeremy Strong, Robert Knepper and Edward Burns; the first six-episode season will air in three blocks of two installments each on Wednesday nights through December 18.

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