Rick and the group in Season 2

Given the wild success and popularity of AMC's The Walking Dead, it can sometimes be easy to forget the behind the scenes drama that plagued the series in the first few seasons. The show's creator and original showrunner Frank Darabont was fired after Season 1, and he has since attempted to sue for loss of income due to the show's massive success. That legal process has heated up recently, and some NSFW e-mails that Darabont sent to Walking Dead producers Gale Ann Hurd and others have become public. And they're seriously savage.

The Hollywood Reporter procured Frank Darabont's e-mails from the time he was still working on The Walking Dead. He's particularly brutal in his wording; check one out below.

Fuck you all for giving me chest pains because of the staggering fucking incompetence, blindness to the important beats, and the beyond-arrogant lack of regard for what is written being exhibited on set every day. I deserve better than a heart attack because people are too stupid to read a script and understand the words. Does anybody disagree with me? Then join the C-cam operator and go find another job that doesn't involve deliberately fucking up my show scene by scene.

Oof. Well, that's one way to get your point across. But this type of language and verbiage no doubt ruffled feathers over at AMC, and I have to wonder how much their contents dictated the network's decision to distance itself from Frank Darabont. I know I wouldn't want to work in such a hostile environment.

Frank Darabont's firing has been a major subject of conversation regarding The Walking Dead since it happened years ago. At the time, the official reason for this decision was disagreements regarding the show's budget. Season 1 only contained six episodes, and this was apparently due to budgetary concerns. And while TWD would eventually go on to make buckets of cash, AMC wasn't sure it would have this success back in 2010.

Another one of Frank Darabont's recently released e-mails highlighted his frustrations with the various hats he'd been wearing on the show. It seemed he was strong armed into writing the majority of the show's first episodes. In another scathing e-mail to AMC's execs, he lamented:

Please let's stop invoking 'the writers room'. There IS no writers room, which you know as well as I do. I am the writers room. The fucking lazy assholes who were supposedly going to be my showrunners threw that responsibility on me after wasting five months of my time.

Jeez, this guy truly did seem miserable working on The Walking Dead. And while I would think that his departure would come as a relief to Frank Darabont, he is no doubt irked by how massively popular the show has become in the past seven seasons.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC this fall. In the meantime, you can watch Fear The Walking Dead's third season, and check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

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