Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal in Talks to Headline Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir

Jon Bernthal in The Walking Dead TV Series WARNING: The below story features speculation about “The Walking Dead” that may be considered SPOILERS.
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Well, I guess now we know who that “Frank Darabont loyalist” was that threatened to walk off “The Walking Dead” in the aftermath of Darabont’s firing by the suits at AMC last year. It’s most likely Jon Bernthal, who plays the quick-trigger Shane on the zombie show.

As you’ll recall, last year it was revealed that an actor on “The Walking Dead” was making a big stink about Darabont’s shocking exit from the show. The stink was big enough that the actor demanded his walking papers, and it seemed as if AMC was happy to oblige. The actor then changed his mind, but unfortunately for him, AMC didn’t, and reports had his death still in the cards.

Originally, most people (myself included) thought it was either Laurie Holden (Andrea) or Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), two actors who have worked with Darabont in multiple past films, and as a result would feel a lot of affinity for the director. I certainly never thought it was Bernthal, who has never worked with Darabont until “The Walking Dead”.

Turns out, it’s probably Bernthal. Especially in light of this news that the actor is currently in negotiations to star in Darabont’s new period crime show on TNT, “L.A. Noir”. After all, you don’t start negotiation for a new show if you still have a show.

In “L.A. Noir”, Bernthal would play “Joe Teague, the Los Angeles cop at the center of the show that examines corruption in the LAPD and ties between police and underworld figures in the 1940s and ’50s.”

Now the question is, how long before Shane gets eaten/shot, and who will do the honors? I’m kinda hoping it would be Dale, in a dramatic, epic battle between the old fart versus the young buck. Of course, this being “The Walking Dead”, Shane will probably just get eaten by a stray zombie.

Frank Darabont and Jon Bernthal in The Walking Dead TV SEries

Via : Variety