Apparently, the question we should have asked Frank Darabont during the roundtables for The Walking Dead at last weekend’s Comic Con is “Are you planning to stay with the show for the entire season?” Because today, per Deadline, Darabont reportedly stepped down as showrunner for the hit AMC show, and it is unknown if he will even remain on-board in any capacity as of this writing.
It was well publicized here on Bloody back in May that there were major issues with the writing staff in between the two seasons, and according to Deadline, Darabont never quite settled into the daily grind of TV after working in features for so long, so perhaps this isn’t as big of a surprise as we think. Hopefully we’ll learn more in the next few days, but I tell you, if this was something that was known to the cast and crew present at SDCC, they ALL deserve acting nominations, and Darabont himself might want to look into acting, as there was no indication (to me) that this sort of major drama was unfolding. Whatever the outcome, the show is still on track to have its season premiere on October 16th. Check out the awesome trailer below, and keep an eye here for some interviews from SDCC!