Just weeks after AMC celebrated Frank Darabont’s leadership of their hit show The Walking Dead in a featured interview, it looks like the network has pushed him out. This is huge news, and leaves the direction of the series a bit up on the air.
Technorati reports that the show has experienced several upheavals recently, from the entire writing staff being fired to major internal disagreements about the success of the season one finale:
“Fans are sure to become leery of the second season. Darabont had the pedigree, and the fans trusted him. Now, we are left with people without the pedigree who still have to answer the same question brought up in season one.”
Clearly something is not right in the world of The Walking Dead. Filming is already well underway for the second season, which makes this a crazy time to make such a drastic change. Our guess is that Darabont wanted to do things his way, and the AMC egos couldn’t stand giving up control.
One thing is for sure, if not for Darabont the series never would have made it to television. He has been its biggest supporter, and is a true fan of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel. Losing him is a big blow any way you slice it.
Cross your fingers that this isn’t the beginning of the end for the series.