Re: "The Walking Dead" Season 2 Updates
AMC probably believes the series will not show continued growth in the ratings, and a budget cut is one way of maximizing profits.
Releasing Darabont probably saved them most of the 250k right there. Even producer salaries are factored into the cost of a series.
"They have to help the viewers let go. Firefly did a movie to wrap things up. Buffy the Vampire Slayer continued on as a comic book. Heroes gradually lowered the quality season by season until we were grateful it ended.” - Sheldon Cooper