In interviews, Panjabi dodged the reasons behind all this chicanery. Margulies called it "gossip," and said that Panjabi was out of town shooting another series, to which Panjabi tweeted, "I was in New York ready to film the scene!" Huh. Was this the first time Margulies pulled this trick? Did she truly act beside George Clooney in ER? Does George Clooney even exist? We want answers, dammit.
Frank Darabont's Emails To The Crew Of The Walking Dead Were Crazier Than Anything On The Show
If the early seasons of The Walking Dead feel like a whole other show compared to the one still lifelessly plodding today, that's in part because of the talents of original showrunner Frank Darabont (also responsible for The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and probably Stephen King's mansion). This does not mean the man is reasonable, or even a good person.
Darabont sued AMC after being fired from The Walking Dead midway through its sophomore season. It was during those court proceedings that numerous emails between Darabont and people who worked on the show came to light, and they show a raging prick in top form. Let's start with the one in which he threatens to murder everyone:
via Vanity FairAfter all, it's a zombie show. He can make them keep working after that.
Apparently, the crew's job wasn't to Darabont's satisfaction, so he dealt with the problem like a responsible adult: through Tarantino dialogue and death threats. He didn't stop there, choosing instead to mention the angina that these fools were causing him:
via Vanity FairWe're assuming this would be all in caps if it wasn't for autocorrect.
Producers weren't the only ones included in the fun on these email chains. The writers also felt the wrath of Darabont's spiraling keyboard of death, and if he had his druthers, he would have "hunted them down and f*****g killed them with a brick, then gone and burned down their homes." Screw zombies, a horde of Darabonts is way more terrifying. "There is no writers room, which you know as well as I do. I am the writers room." (Please read that in "Stallone as Judge Dredd" voice.)
The directors were next, but he couldn't outright say that Gwyneth Horder-Payton did a bad job helming an episode. No, that would be too easy. It seems he took one look at the her footage and concluded that she had suffered a stroke:
Vanity FairHe has a point. We'd remove the "wise."
The fact that The Walking Dead was somewhat of a passion project that Darabont tirelessly planned years before bringing it to AMC probably explains a lot of these verbal hemorrhages, and that's why he chose to stand by every single one of these outlashes. Even the murder-y, arson-y ones.
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