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Bernthal and Darabont reteaming on new show?

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At least we know he looks good in noir ...

Warning: Unconfirmed rumors and rampant speculation follow ....

There is no denying, Shane's character arc on The Walking Dead has been one of the best parts of the show's Season 2. Jon Bernthal's transformation from buddy-cop sidekick to shirtless certifiable psycho has been really, really fun to watch. And it's provided some of the best surprise moments of the show so far. So what's up with the casting rumors in Variety, that Bernthal is auditioning for a key part in the upcoming L.A. Noir?

Flashing back to this summer, when helmer Frank Darabont left the show, emotions were running high. So high, in fact, that TV Line reported that one of the main characters of the show had asked to be written off. Since it was a blind item (read: big, unconfirmed rumor) and emotions were running very high, the rumor kind of faded away. Until November, when TV Line published another blind item that said the same character had a change of heart and wanted to stay, with no word on whether or not that (or the original request to leave) had been granted. Now, Bernthal's audition for a primary role in Darabont's new series, L.A. Noir, has the rumor mill buzzing again. Does that mean that Shane is departing TWD for a more noir role? Very sad news, for those who were hoping Shane would develop into the show's human bad guy (dare I say ... the Governor?)

But if Jon Bernthal is auditioning for the role of Joe Teague in L.A. Noir, one of the main characters of the show, could it be that his time on The Walking Dead is limited? He's already stayed way beyond his original character arc from the comic. Plus, there's a certain symmetry to the idea that Jon protested Darabont's departure from The Walking Dead, and that road could lead straight to Darabont's new show. But it would be sad to see him go - Shane is such a great, creepy bad guy right now, and The Walking Dead needs creepy humans to balance out the show. Without Shane, the show would just be humans good ... zombies bad ... and frankly, it's not the fans' fault that their expectations for the show are much, much higher than that.

 

 


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