Frank Darabont Candid, Jon Bernthal Diplomatic About Leaving The Walking Dead


Looks like there are still plenty of hard feelings for Frank Darabont about his highly publicized, controversial firing from AMC's still massively popular zombie series The Walking Dead.

Speaking to EW about his new TNT gangster series Mob City (which, by the way, is pretty damn good in its own right, judging by the first two episodes), Darabont is completely frank about whether he ever still watches his old show:

No more than I would go to the wedding of somebody who broke my heart and left me for the Pilates instructor. One does become very emotionally attached to the things that one does. I get tremendously invested. Why would I do that? Absolutely not, I won't.

To Variety on the same question, he's even more impassioned:

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.

As we know, Darabont had very different plans for how things would have gone for Rick & co. had he stuck around for season 2 and beyond, so it's probably good and healthy not to revisit, even if there weren't such hurt feelings still involved.

But Jon Bernthal, who left the show with Darabont and is starring in Mob City, takes a more diplomatic approach when answering the question even though his own leaving was pretty dramatic too:

Sure, I'll always watch The Walking Dead. I mean as far as I'm concerned, the people that are on the ground that make that show, the people in Georgia who make that show, the cast and the crew and the producers that are there, they will always be family to me and I will always support them.

Mob City premieres on December 4th with two back-to-back episodes, and the back-to-back "semi-binge watching" format continues for the next two weeks, bringing a quick conclusion to the 6 episode first season.

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