Details surrounding Frank Darabont’s abrupt departure from The Walking Dead have been few and far between. Darabont was on hand for the show’s ComicCon panel only to leave a few days later, leading many to wonder exactly why and how he decided to exit.
Now more details on why he left are emerging.
It appears a lot of the decision came down to cost. With the price tag rising for AMC’s Emmy winning hit, Mad Men, the network had to cut its budget elsewhere. Two of the victims appear to be The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.
AMC slashed the budget on Dead by $250,000 per episode and its speculated by the Los Angeles Times that Darabont refused to go along with the cuts and left the show.
Rumors have run rampant the past couple of days that the cable outlet wants to shorten the final season of Breaking Bad from thirteen to eight episodes as well to help cover the Mad Men costs.
For now, this is all speculation and nothing is confirmed. But it’s ironic that The Walking Dead brings in higher ratings than Mad Men but not the Emmy and critical love.
It’s been rumored that former X-Files writer and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan could try and sell his show to another network. Could Dead do the same?