'The Walking Dead' showrunner Frank Darabont steps down

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Talk about a shocker.

The creator/executive producer and director of AMC's hit zombie drama "The Walking Dead" Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner, Deadline reports. Darabont appeared on the show's panel at Comic-Con this past Friday with executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd

According to Deadline, Darabont never fully adjusted to the grueling schedule of producing a TV show. It's unclear at this time if Darabont is off the show completely, but he there is a chance he may stay on "The Walking Dead" in some capacity. Darabont wrote and directed the pilot episode.

Darabont made headlines last December when he considered assigning scripts to freelancers instead of hiring a writing staff. He ended up hiring a writing staff and made "The Shield's" Glen Mazzara an executive producer. 

"The Walking Dead' is currently in production on its second season, which is set to premiere on Oct. 16. 

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