The big question on all the fans minds over the last little while has been why was Frank Darabont let go from The Walking Dead? It caused a fair bit of outrage and turmoil on the internet as fans questioned why this happened when you consider Frank has been the biggest advocate for getting the series made from the very beginning. To abruptly fire him so soon after Comic Con was put simply quite shocking.
It would seem however that the cast & crew are equally upset about Frank leaving The Walking Dead Season 2 according to trade rag The Hollywood Reporter.
The strange and shocking part for us fans was how Frank Darabont was sent to Comic Con to promote the second season and then within days was fired. It seems we are not the only ones shocked by this turn of events. An insider on the set told The Hollywood Reporter that the cast and crew were just as outraged at the duplicity of using Frank to promote the show at comic con where his name holds a ton of weight and then firing him shortly after. The impression given by the Hollwood Reporter is that AMC intended to fire him all along and simply prolonged it for their own gain at comic con.
According to reporter Kim Master’s Frank Darabont was fired from The Walking Dead after getting into a heated debate with AMC over the quality of an episode for the second season that was so poor it had footage that was unusable. This argument somehow lead to Frank Darabont and as the crew on the show puts it ‘the lightning in the bottle’ for the show being fired.
The Hollywood Reporter goes on to say that Frank was also not impressed with the budget cuts for Walking Dead Season 2 and the treatment of the cast which very well could have been more reason that AMC would want to get rid of him. Season 2 of Walking Dead was expanded to 13 episodes but in doing so the budget was also cut to put it more in line of typical cable television budgets. Frank Daraont felt the crew and the show itself were being mistreated and in some cases underpaid which also likely did not rub AMC well and may have played a part in his firing. Hollywood Reporter says quote;
“Frank doesn’t like to see the cast and crew overworked and underpaid,” says a show insider. As recently as the end of May, with the show’s second season poised to go into production, Darabont seemed to be holding out hope that AMC would relent. “Creatively, I have no complaints thus far,” he said at a THR roundtable. “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?”
What do you think of the whole fiasco? Does the fact that Frank Darabont is no longer involved in the Walking Dead TV show bother you? Or like me are you going to give the second season a shot despite Frank having left and the budget being reduced.