Earlier this week, as many know, AMC and Glen Mazzara parted ways; they did their best to make it seem amicable, but a some of Mazzara's friends from his days with FX's The Shield were less charitable. In a blog post made earlier this weekend, Sons of Anarchy star Kurt Sutter wrote:
"AMC is run by small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of its creative personnel. Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, s--t on their audience and bury their network. Mazzara took the work-in-progress that was The Walking Dead and turned it into a viable TV show with a future. Without him, that future is dim. Showrunners are not development executives, we're not cookiecutter d-----bags that you plug into a preexisting model. The Walking Dead will suffer. Even zombies need consistency. Mad Men and Breaking Bad will be gone soon. So will AMC. I hope their f---ing stock takes a dive and the shareholders line up Sapan, Dolan and Collier and s--t in their open hands. C--ts."
He followed it up with a further comment on Twitter yesterday, which seems to suggest that the creative differences between Mazzara and AMC may actually have directly involved series creator (and comic book writer) Robert Kirkman. "AMC sent me a gift basket filled with sour tastes, forbidden fruit, broken promises and the marinated tongue used to lick Kirkman's a--," tweeted Sutter. "@sutterink is brilliant and Sons is my favorite show on TV. Still, it's upsetting to see him ranting about things he knows nothing about," wrote Kirkman shortly after. He added, "Except that marinated tongue thing ... That thing is awesome. Merry Christmas!"