The Walking Dead Names New Showrunner - But Will Frank Darabont Still Be Involved?

Well, that transition of power didn’t take long at all: AMC officially announced on Thursday that The Walking Dead writer-executive producer Glen Mazzara would be taking over as showrunner for Season 2, in the wake of Frank Darabont’s abrupt departure.

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“AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont, whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable,” the cabler said in a statement. “We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.”

But will Darabont remain involved? Or has a bridge been burned? Sources tell TVLine that the veteran filmmaker was “blindsided” by his ouster from the series, that it was in fact not his decision to step down from the day-to-day duties.

Mazzara (pictured above right) was the expected successor to Darabont, having served as his No. 2 during the abbreviated Season 1.

AMC’s statement went on to reassert the status of other major creative players, saying that Robert Kirkman (creator of the Walking Dead graphic novels) is still an executive producer and writer on the series, and Gale Anne Hurd will remain an executive producer.

“The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere,” says the network.

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  1. Dryden says:

    This story is more interesting than anything that happened on the first season of the show.

  2. Adam Newland says:

    As a fan of the show, I am disappointed by this development. The first few episodes (written and directed by Darabont) were by far the best episodes of the season. The fact that Darabont is no longer involved makes me leery for season 2 and wonder if the issues of the first season (dialogue, plotlines) will reemerge in season 2. I will watch season 2, but I am prepared to bail if the show doesn’t move in a positive direction.

    • Molly says:

      Season 2 is already finished (or almost finished) so Darabont’s influence will be there. My concern is for season 3 and if the feel of the show will change. The one positive is that Glen Mazzara has been a huge part of TWD so he understands the show’s vibe.

  3. Laurel says:

    It is a disappointment that Darabont left the show.
    But it would be even worse if he was fired from the show.

    When the story broke it sounded like HE QUIT the show BUT now it seems like he was FIRED.
    That’s a different story all together.
    WTH ?
    I mean he was just at Comic Con promoting the show…
    What’s up with that.

    • batman says:

      Sounds like typical Hollywood politics and backstabbing. Let the guy go to San Diego and hype the show, then dump him 10 minutes later. Surprise! Nothing like petty politics to improve the quality of a show. (eyeroll)