Frank Darabont Leaves The Walking Dead

Though "The Walking Dead" will be returning to AMC on October 16th for a second season, Deadline reports that Frank Darabont will be stepping down as the series showrunner.

Darabont, who made the transition from films like The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist to the small screen with the ongoing adaptation of the Robert Kirkman zombie comic, is said to potentially be staying aboard the series in some capacity, though an official announcement has yet to be made. There is also no official reason yet for his departure from the show, though it is highly likely that a return to the big screen may be in Darabont's future.

The second season of "The Walking Dead" is currently in production and will feature a cast that includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Michael Rooker and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

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