WTF? Frank Darabont is Leaving The Walking Dead

Well this is surprising news: according to Deadline, they’re hearing reports that Frank Darabont, the showrunner/executive producer/writer/director on AMC’s fledgling (but major hit) TV show “The Walking Dead” is leaving the show. This comes as a double surprise given that Darabont, along with “Walking Dead” comic book creator/producer Robert Kirkman and producer Gale Anne Hurd were on hand for the show’s Comic Con panel as recently as late last week.

The reasons that Darabont might be leaving? (Again, this is unconfirmed, but Deadline is reporting it, and in today’s movie/TV news meat market, they’re probably as airtight as you’ll get.) He hasn’t adjusted to the grind of TV production, and he might be a tad overwhelmed, especially now that the show is in the midst of its second season, which will feature twice as many episodes as Season 1’s six episodes.

Again, this is just a rumor at this point, but considering the source, there’s a good chance it’s true. Granted, one person leaving won’t completely torpedo a show, but Darabont has been THE main driving force behind the show from the very start, so his departure will be felt, one way or another. If, that is, this turns out to be true. If Darabont is indeed out, former “SHIELD” producer Glen Mazzara will probably take over.

UPDATE: EW‘s James Hibberd seems to have confirmed Darabont’s departure from the show with his own unnamed sources. Darabont may still stay on the show in some capacity, but at his point, it would probably be an honorably title with no real input into the show’s daily production.

Here’s the Season 2 Comic Con trailer in case you missed it: