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Darabont Was Fired

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You might recall a post I made a few weeks back concerning Frank Darabont stepping down as the showrunner for AMC’s ultra successful The Walking Dead series…turns out it wasn’t amicable.

Only three days after AMC had Darabont and crew show up at SDCC did they gave him his walking papers…and we’re still unsure of the exact reasons why.

Maybe it has something to do with how they decided the show (the only one that is owned by AMC itself) would have their per episode budget slashed on season two, or how the show raked in higher ratings than Mad Men or Breaking Bad and is treated like a one that is headed towards mediocrity.

According to Darabont in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter prior to his firing:

Creatively, I have no complaints thus far, but I believe if they do move ahead with what they’re talking about, it will affect the show creatively … in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?

Many observers and journalists have speculated that perhaps AMC got too big too fast in the realm of original programming considering the management doesn’t really have an idea of how to treat a show that pulled in 6 million viewers on basic cable for the season finale. One thing is for certain, this season will make or break the franchise, I’m hoping for former.

Read the rest of the amazing interview and see the insane changes that AMC wanted to do to the show (like filming 50% of the time indoors and having audio zombies to save on make up costs) through the link below.

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