When Frank Darabont stepped down last July as the showrunner of The Walking Dead, it raised several eyebrows, especially after such a successful first season. The series creator's departure also angered an actor we hadn't previously known was even in The Walking Dead, Being Human's Sam Witwer. The actor revealed his brief role in The Walking Dead pilot, and how plans for a prequel won't be happening now that Frank Darabont isn't running the show.
Take a look at what the actor had to say below.
"I was already in The Walking Dead. You guys have heard what's happened, recently. I'm furious at them for this, because Frank is my friend, he's my buddy. Not only is he my buddy, but he's a guy I'm extremely loyal to, because he gave me a shot with The Mist, when I didn't have a hell of a lot going on. Here's a guy who gets his cast and crew together and gives AMC a show, packages it all together, which is way cheaper than anywhere else because everyone is working way under their pay grade. Why? Because they want to and love working with Frank Darabont.
He has shared with me what kind of pay cuts people were taking, and I am also friends with other people on that set in other departments. He said to me, 'Look, I think it would be really cool to tell a prequel story about how Atlanta fell, do Black Hawk Down, but with zombies, have a few main characters pass through, but the lead will be you. You're a soldier and all these horrible things happen, and the chain of command breaks down, and, eventually, you have to take out your superior officer. Then, eventually, in the end, you get bit.' He's pitching me this. 'You're crawling and you crawl into this tank and you have a grenade and you're going to blow yourself up, but you set the grenade next to you and you die. Then, we reprise the scene from the pilot, where Rick gets in the tank and there's a zombie there.'
If you look closely, I played that zombie, because we were setting up this prequel we were going to do. If you watch the pilot of The Walking Dead, that's me in the tank as the zombie, and then Rick blasts him and he gets deafened, and he gets that grenade which saves him at the end of the season."
He also expressed his anger at AMC for letting Frank Darabont go.
It's not happening now. Why? Because AMC wanted to save a few bucks. That is just one example of the kind of cool, awesome forethought, this guy has put into this show, that is now absolutely written off. For me, it doesn't matter much because I'm busy doing Being Human. We were going to schedule things around. I'm not lamenting the loss of a job, I'm lamenting the loss of an amazing idea. And there are dozens and dozens of amazing ideas just like that, which are now gone."