AMC Confirms Frank Darabont’s Departure From The Walking Dead

As previously reported, there has been a major shake-up over at rotting flesh land, and today AMC has confirmed that Frank Darabont, producer/writer/director on their hit show “The Walking Dead”, has officially left his post a scant few days after talking it up over at the latest Comic Con shindig. Wonder what changed his mind? From all reports, he was pretty happy with the show, and then, he wasn’t anymore. Go figure.

Here’s AMC’s official statement in regards to the matter:

The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as executive producer. The production continues on schedule for an Oct. 16 premiere.

As expected, Mazzara will assume Darabont’s role on the show, and I wouldn’t put too much stock in the “discuss his ongoing role” bit in regards to Darabont.

“The Walking Dead” Season 2 returns October 16th.