Just four days after appearing at the show’s panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Frank Darabont has left his position of The Walking Dead showrunner, Deadline reports.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s leaving the show entirely, Deadline says: “talks are still ongoing” for Darabont to remain on the show in some capacity. The second season is currently in production.
Darabont directed the pilot episode of the series, and wrote the first two. Last December, news circulated that Darabont had fired the show’s writing staff, and was considering switching to an all-freelance model for the future, though that didn’t end up happening. This past Friday at Comic-Con, Darabont appeared at the show’s panel with fellow executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic. This was Darabont’s first stint as a TV showrunner, as most of his experience is in the film world, directing movies including The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
Last week, the premiere of The Walking Dead‘s 13-episode season was set for October 16 on AMC. Watch the trailer here.