It's been about two years since Frank Darabont was unceremoniously fired from The Walking Dead due to budget cuts and his "strained" relationship with AMC brass, and, understandably, it doesn't seem as if time has healed any wounds—at all. In a new interview with Variety to promote his new TNT series Mob City, Darabont wasted no time before he labeled the AMC execs who gave him the boot "sociopaths":
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.”
Yikes. He gave a similar response to Rolling Stone when asked about his departure from the series, Pilates instructor metaphor and all:
Because, for the same reason that if the woman that I loved left me for the Pilates instructor and they sent me an invitation to their wedding, for the same reason I wouldn't go to the wedding, I haven't seen an episode of The Walking Dead since then. [...]
I had to take some time off after that to really reassess everything, to really get over the emotional devastation of having some truly malevolent people tear asunder a brilliant family that had gathered to create this hit for them. It was a very, very deep and loving family, the cast and the crew, and to have that torn apart was — when somebody throws a hand-grenade into that situation, it's tremendously emotionally trying.
His bitterness is pretty understandable—behind-the-scenes problems or not, he did spend a significant chunk of time developing the series. Who else thinks that Pilates instructor metaphor is oddly specific? Does that make his successor, Glen Mazzara, the Pilates instructor? Hmm.