In a surprising bit of news, Frank Darabont has apparently stepped down as showrunner for AMC’s horror/drama series The Walking Dead. Details on his departure from the series are scarce, and it’s unknown whether or not he’ll remain attached to the show in some capacity.
The Hollywood Reporter posted the news, crediting an unspecified source (or sources) for the information. As the Reporter notes, no mention of Darabont’s departure was made at Comic-Con last Friday, when the cast, graphic-novel creator Robert Kirkman and Darabont took the stage to introduce an excellent new trailer for Season 2 and answer fan questions about the show.
It’s entirely possible that this is a rumor, however it’s also possible that AMC is withholding the official announcement until they have someone new lined up to take over Darabont’s role. I'm sure I'm not alone in being curious to learn more about this situation. Hopefully details will emerge soon.
As someone who hasn’t read the graphic novel (and is therefore, not judging the series based on how well the story and characters are adapted), I loved the first season. Those first six episodes, which introduced us to a group of people attempting to survive in a world infested by zombies, were some of the best TV 2010 had to offer. The shifts made in the writers room over the months that followed the first season finale have me feeling a bit nervous about the direction the show is going to go in. If this news is true and Darabont is gone, I hope someone just as capable steps up to fill his shoes.
The Walking Dead returns for Season 2 on October 16th at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.
Watch the Season 2 trailer here..