Wow: Just a few days after acclaimed director Frank Darabont took the Comic-Con stage to promote season two of AMC’s The Walking Dead comes this news that he’s stepping down as the series’ showrunner.

Sources say it’s true that Darabont will no longer serve as the chief writer-producer on the series, attributing the decision (without saying whose decision it was…) to Darabont never quite having gotten the hang of switching from films (Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) to a TV show.

At Comic-Con, Darabont certainly seemed excited about continuing on the show and working with the second season writing staff.

“We also have writers that are really fans of [the show],” Darabont told the Comic-Con crowd, excited about the second season. “The first six episodes, nobody knew what the hell they were dealing with, except me.”

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