Frank Darabont Slams “Sociopaths” Behind “The Walking Dead”

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Even through insane ratings, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” can’t seem to get shy away from negative press. From the various rumored behind-the-scenes battles, and various showrunners behind hired and fired, it’s clear that it’s not all sunshines and rainbows in Georgia.

Director Frank Darabont talked with Variety about “Mob City”, which he developed with his longtime friend Michael De Luca not long after he went through the excruciating experience of being fired from “The Walking Dead,” the cable smash that he launched on AMC in 2010. When asked if he still watches the zombie-apocalypse drama, Darabont lets loose.

Oh god no, why would I,” he says. “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?

He continues, “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.

Brutal. With all of the finger pointing, it’s hard to not take his side after AMC has had more than their fair share of chances to “fix” the show. It’s as bad as ever, which says a lot…

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Whether you like the show or not, I think most people will agree that season 1 was the worst. Perhaps that’s why they fired his ass? ;

    • EvanDickson

      The pilot was the only really good episode I ever saw. Fairly sure he had a lot to do with that.

    • K-Dogg

      Season was far and away my fave season.

      • K-Dogg

        Season 1 that is….oops.

    • djblack1313

      WalkingDeadGuy, in nearly every discussion/discussion board talks i’ve ever had…it’s the god awful season 2 that most people (again, just in my experience) hated the most. the cringe-inducing soap opera caliber (meaning horrible) 3 way love triangle/baby drama was abysmal and i’m pretty sure Darabont was already gone/fired by early season 2 (BEFORE the show got bad).

      i’m impressed thus far with season 4. the show did something i never thought it would do…become interesting again. i’ve never hated the show but season 1 and now season 4 are the best seasons yet.

      • Polsdofer

        I love all the season, don’t dislike anyone of them but i must say that season 2 is probably the one i revisit the most “18 Miles Out” is my second favorite episode right behind “Days Gone Bye” and i also like the fact that the walkers are still kinda new to Rick and the group. There was no time gap between 1st and 2nd season which is basically my only complaint of the show is time gaps between seasons but im not too concerned about it.

    • fightclubber

      The first ever episode is pretty much the only well made wachable episode of the entire show. Which Darabont wrote and directed

    • kumarp

      What on earth are you talking about? Season 1 was extraordinary!

  • AndrewSoukup24

    This season definitely has been the worst one and overall the show is on a fast decline. I was a big fan of season 1 and 2 but last year was just alright. The stray too far away from the original story and that is a let down. I really don’t even get excited to watch it much and it sits on my DVR sometimes til I have three episodes stacked up.

  • djblack1313

    IMO season 1 was the best season yet but i’m also really enjoying season 4. i haven’t watched the most recent ep with the lame Governor returning but this season is solid.

    i adore Frank Darabont and AMC (supposedly Kirkman had a hand in this) completely fucked him over. i love the way Darabont worded his feelings toward the show/AMC and the fact he acknowledges how his cast was also affected showed his good character.

    and Mr.D, i am completely impressed and (not to sound patronizing) proud of you for not trashing the show in this article!!! :)

    • djblack1313

      OOPS. never mind. Mr.D, did in fact trash the show in his last sentence/comment. no longer proud of you, Mr.D.

    • Fro$ty

      agreed. Its a good show, but thats pretty messed up AMC let Darabont go. Sure seasons 2 and 3 were a little stale, but to let darabont go is pretty f’d up. Season 4 is great so far, but I do wonder how much longer they can keep it up…

      • djblack1313

        Frosty, to make matters worse, AMC waited (minutes, hours?) to fire Frank almost immediately after he and the cast had their panel at the San Diego Comic Con!!! Frank did all sorts of press during it where it was SO obvious he loved the show, the cast. then almost immediately after the comic con thing he was fired. so AMC let him go out there, showing his love of the show, only to fuck him over almost immediately after?!

        remember when SONS OF ANARCHY creator Kurt Sutter came to Frank’s defense and publicly ripped those at AMC a new asshole? it made me respect Sutter and his friendship/defense of Darabont.

  • carlos.filipe

    Well perhaps Preacher or Crossed will bring back the gore and drama that is not at all part of this show, this is full of love and joy, this and vampire diaries.

    • djblack1313

      carlos, i would be in fucking heaven if CROSSED was ever made into a live action (non-cartoon) movie/show!!! just imagine if the show/movie was even a fraction as bat shit insane as the comic is!!! i’m in!

  • MovieGeek

    I’ve liked the show a lot more since Darabont left.

  • sandroace

    Season was good but nothing special and only 6 episodes. There likely would’ve been allot more season two slow paced episodes had it been a full run season. This season IMO has been easily the best thus far with every character seemingly to have a purpose.

  • Taboo

    Season 4 is turning out to be my favorite.

  • LittleCreeper

    I am getting so sick and tired of your negative opinion of this show being in every damn story you write about the Walking Dead. Leave your goddamn opinion out of it for once. No one cares or wants to hear you whine about how much you hate the Walking Dead.

    • sillylung1192

      I’m getting sick and tired of everyone bitching about Mr D talking about how he doesn’t like this show. I might be wrong about this(and if I’m wrong my bad), but isn’t this HIS website? And I’m sure there are other horror sites out there that have the same hard on for TWD that you have that would love to have you post your opinion in their comment section. If you are so sick and tired of reading his opinion you can either skip the entire article or just the beginning of it. With that being said I like TWD but I’m not going to get all butt hurt when someone says they problems with it

      • djblack1313

        sillylung, this isn’t a blog site (or at least it used to not be one). there’s a way to be objective when DELIVERING NEWS/INFO and there’s a way to make said news/info more like an editorial. guess which one Mr.D is doing? i have no problem with anyone not liking this show (or any movie/show/etc) but “news” on this site (when it’s written up by Mr.D) is fast becoming a personal blog site. also do you REALLY think it makes sense (for the site overall) for it’s creator(?)/manager to knowingly/deliberately trying to piss off a good number of it’s readers?

        • sillylung1192

          I’ve always have seen it kind of like a blog site because there is a lot of content that is just “I thought this was cool”.

  • splatterhead4ever

    Shane was one of the worst actors and stupidest characters ever but at least season 1 had Zombies and so far season 4 is going back to that. Sure, mainstream watchers probably like the soap opera shit and less violence but horror fans want action and gore. That being said, its worst episodes are still 90 percent better than anything else I’ve watched in the last few years.

    • djblack1313

      splatterhead4ever, it’s fine to dislike the Shane character but IMO Jon Bernthal is a very good actor. but to each his/her own.

  • WolfQueen

    I have to disagree with your comment, Splatterhead4Ever, I know a lot of hardcore horror fans that thoroughly enjoy the Walking Dead because horror doesn’t have to be about action and gore. The fact that the human race is on the outs should be horrific enough for some, but I guess I’m mistaken on that.

    Although I do agree with you on Shane. I hated that asshole. LOL

  • Necrogeddon666

    @Littlecreeper – Yes. Thank you. I’ve found Mr. Disgusting’s taste to be pretty questionable as of late. @everyone else – The show is fine. All the seasons are fine. STFU

    • HOAX_ARTHUR_WILMOTH

      I agree, the fact that he stated he enjoyed BABYMETAL and their video make me suspect of any and all opinions.

      Although, the time spent at the Farm dragged on and has taken away from the time at the prison, they did, indeed, fuck that up.

      • CTHL

        How dare you, Babymetal is an awesome find.

        But I agree on Walking Dead, he’s been a bit harsh on it, sorta hipsterish really. The show is fine, better than most anything else on TV currently (Coven is better, but whatevs!).

  • splatterhead4ever

    WolfQueen, some of my favorite horror movies have had very little gore or action. I love psychological movies. I tend to over generalize sometimes but I guess I just feel like it started off with a bang and completely changed tone over the last two seasons and I’m very disappointed with all the talking and not much walking. And don’t forget that I said that I like it better than almost anything else on tv. lol. Cheers.

  • Beneviolence

    I like Darabont, but the show, especially this season, has just got better and better. Was season 2 trapped at the farm with love triangle hijinxs for too long? Sure, but part of that can be traced to his decision to keep Shane alive for so long. I also can’t help but think that Dale’s moralizing in every episode of season 2 was Darabont’s attempt to inject conscience to the mayhem but it just came off as blubbering and impotent to the story.

    Keep in mind that TWD struggles against negative reactions from fans of the comic book. For everyone else, these are all new stories and situations and that is why the show continues to kick ass in the ratings.

    Now, I do think that the show struggles a bit because the survivors are ‘parked’ in a single location again, but they’ve made good with the sickness storyline and, really, people setting up stable fortresses is one of the keystones to civilization so you really can’t get around it. Darabont might be rightfully irked at how the suits fucked him (and the other show runners over) but the show is far better now than it started out.

  • Mad-Scribbler

    sociopath?
    i have three words for Frank Darabont:
    Pot Kettle Black

    • djblack1313

      how is Darabont a sociopath? or are you just trying to sound clever? give an example with proof or you’re just trolling.

  • mobstar67

    Mr.D is always trashing The Walking dead and he doesnt even watch the thing…there was a few weak episodes in season two when they were at the barn looking for the missing girl (Sofia) but once the secret was let out of the barn mid season two the shows been on a vicious tear and its been all good..Very Good in fact..
    its hard to see this guy trash Walking Dead and pimp hard for those god awful VHS films or suck up to Dario Argento hasnt made a good film since the 70′s…Walking Dead is awful and Dario Argentos Dracula is what..?? good ??? what kind of F-ed up bizzarro world we living over here

  • Kwonkicker

    Damn, sounds real butt hurt.