It would be hard to argue with the success of AMC’s cable-record breaking series The Walking Dead following the very public, very high-profile exit of original showrunner Frank Darabont after season 1, but apparently Darabont isn’t yet in a forgiving mood.
In an interview with Variety promoting his upcoming TNT event noir mini-series Mob City that he began developing after his The Walking Dead experience, Darabont exhibits unusual honestly expressing his feelings about his removal from the show.
Asked by Variety of if he still watches the show based on Robert Kirkman's Image comic book series, Darabont responded:
“Oh god no, why would I? 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,” he continued, “and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a s**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.”
Some positive feelings for what he helped create in 2010 seem to have carried over to Mob City despite his bitter exit. Actors Jon Bernthal (Shane) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) are both veterans of The Walking Dead cast and will be appearing in Mob City, although DeMunn's relationship with Darabont goes back to The Shawshank Redemption as well as The Green Mile and The Mist.