Kurt Sutter Expands on His Theories About Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead’s Budgets

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kurt Sutter attends HRTS annual newsmaker luncheon: "The Hitmakers" at the Beverly Hilton hotel on December 8, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption *** Kurt Sutter Photo: Brian To/2010 Brian To

Kurt Sutter is back with a more developed take on his Matt Weiner–is-draining-AMC's-budgets theory, which he more fully explores in a blog post today. "[Y]es, a show is the creator's vision, but it also becomes something more," he writes. "[Sons of Anarchy] has a life of its own. It belongs to the fans, my cast, my crew, everyone associated with it. It's my job to steer and not crash it, but I don't own the bus." He says that other showrunners don't seem to see it the same way, and that AMC, because it's part of a publicly traded company, was acting in shareholders' best interests instead of prioritizing creativity and artistic expression. "When news hit of the massive budget cuts on Walking Dead and AMC trying to force Vince Gilligan to finish Breaking Bad in only seven episodes, my reaction was, 'Okay, that's who's taking the hit,'" Sutter says. Come for the showbiz wisdom, stay for the part where he calls someone "a cunt." Which he always, always does. [Sutter Ink]