Frank Darabont, creator and former showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead, is making the press rounds this week ahead of his new series, Mob City (starring The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal), which premieres on December 4th. During his print interviews, talks — as it does — has turned toward The Walking Dead, and his feelings about the show since he left. Initially, Darabont was restrained in his comments, telling The New York Times:
“Suffice to say, there was some conflict that couldn’t be resolved. … I try to avoid that sort of aggravation in my life. It’s simply better for my spirit and my state of mind. I’ve always believed more in taking the high road than the low.”
He was far more forthcoming, however, in his interview with Variety, comparing the people who ousted him to sociopaths.
“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? … 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 sh*t 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.”
Those reasons are called “dollar bills,” and AMC is really good at making them.
Meanwhile, and with no offense to Darabont, who launched the most successful scripted show in cable television history, the series has steadily improved since his departure. Robert Kirkman and the AMC execs may be “sociopaths,” but they’re sociopaths with a better sense of pacing.