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Walking Dead’s New Casualty: Showrunner Frank Darabont

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Frank Darabont left a pretty significant bombshell out of The Walking Dead's Comic-Con panel this past weekend: He's stepping down as the AMC zombie drama's showrunner, and may leave the series altogether. It's not the first time the show has dealt with strife behind the scenes — Darabont fired all his Season 1 writers last December and flirted with the idea of hiring freelancers to replace them — but for the show to lose its showrunner in the middle of production on the second season is a major blow. In any case, AMC is no doubt scrambling for some brainsss to replace him. [Deadline]

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