Frank Darabont, champion and show-runner of ‘The Walking Dead’ has been fired from the series by the network bosses at AMC. Will Season Two suffer without Darabont at the helm, or will the show become less talky and more zombie-kill-y? Only time will tell.
The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy, well-researched piece about Darabont’s dismissal from the show. From the looks of it, Darabont wasn’t happy with AMC cutting the operating budget of each episode. The exact figures and reasons can be found in the THR report.
The report also cites a myriad of disagreements that AMC has had with the creators of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad’. However, those two shows are both owned by other studios (Lionsgate and Sony respectively) while ‘The Walking Dead’ is purely an AMC property. ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ have the power of big studios behind them fighting their battles. With ‘The Walking Dead’, AMC can do whatever it wants and not worry about a third party stepping in.
Personally, I liked the direction that Darabont was taking ‘The Walking Dead’. It seems that everyone else expected a shoot-’em-up zombie skull-crushing show, but instead got a series full of well-rounded characters who just so happened to be stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. It was indeed an interesting way to approach a genre that has almost reached an unsustainable saturation point.
Honestly, I’m scared for Season Two. I wouldn’t be surprised if the show switches tone and style drastically. As we know from numerous reports, Darabont was deeply invested in the first season. He was involved with almost every facet of each episode, and now he’s gone. It’s going to be difficult to keep the same spirit of the show without him there.
Is this the beginning of the end for ‘The Walking Dead’? Or do you see this as a good thing? I know many people thought that the show was too slow and too melodramatic. So, this may be the jumpstart those people needed to get interested in the show again. What do you think?