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Frank Darabont Leaves The Walking Dead


Just days after promoting his show, AMC‘s The Walking Dead at Comic Con, showrunner Frank Darabont has announced that he’s quitting. You might recall that right after the first season of the show, Darabont fired the entire writing staff. So clearly, he is no stranger to drastic measures, even if it means leaving the show he tried to get on television for five years.

Everything seemed fine at the Walking Dead Comic Con panel, where Darabont sat with his other executive producers Gale Ann Hurd and Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead graphic novel. According to Deadline, they were all discussing how excited they were for the second season, showing no signs of the announcement that came today. Executive producer Glen Mazzara (who was the showrunner for The Shield) is expected to take his place, though it seems like Darabont might stay on in some capacity.

So, why the sudden departure? There doesn’t seem to have been any indication that this was going to happen. HitFix speculates that it might be related to the transition from movies to television, though he said himself that he was excited about just that, stating, “If I’d known how much fun it was, I’d have done it years ago.”

But now it seems that it’s a matter of being able to have more control over the scripts he puts his name on as a producer. Darabont wrote and directed the pilot episode, seen as the best episode of the first season, and the one that helped make The Walking Dead AMC’s most watched show. After that, well, we know that he fired the whole writing staff. Perhaps having to be responsible for multiple scripts didn’t give Darabont the satisfaction of being able to really develop the stories he wanted. And now that the second season will have 13 episodes (season one had 6), he’d get even less of a chance to really dig into the scripts.

So far, this change will not affect the second season, which is in production now and will premiere October 16. But on the eve of the Television Critics Association press tour, that is one hell of a bombshell.

(Deadline, HitFix via Warming Glow)

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  • http://twitter.com/g33k_gal Natalie Ferguson

    Wow, what an abrupt piece of bad news D: I don’t know anything about how tv shows are written and if the way WD was done was standard, but that’s unfortunate that he’s leaving. I wonder if it was in his head during Comic-con (of course he wouldn’t announce it then. The fans would have lynched him) and what was the spark that brought about this decision. The first episode was amazing. There seems to be a lot of other talent on the staff, so I hope this doesn’t diminish the show’s quality and consistency in future seasons.

  • http://www.extremelydissatisfied.wordpress.com Adam R. Charpentier

    It feels as if we’re only getting part of the story. I’m guessing that he’s either not really leaving at all.

  • Anonymous

    This is what? The second? Third time? I have seen this boring, misogynistic, neckbeard show lauded on the Mary Sue. Considering that what it represents should be in complete opposition to what the Mary Sue stands for I am seriously asking myself: Are you selling out? Are you getting paid to write about it?