That Walking Dead casting news? It might not mean what you think

Fans have been talking for weeks about how a bit of casting news may mean a certain Walking Dead character is not long for this world. But series creator Robert Kirkman tells The Hollywood Reporter those casting tidbits may not mean as much as we think.

Jon Bernthal, who plays hothead Shane on the AMC series, has been cast in the new TNT crime drama L.A. Noir, which led many to speculate that the show could be catching up with the Walking Dead comic's continuity, which [spoiler!] saw Shane bite the dust early on.

Kirkman says that may not be the case, and he indicates Bernthal could easily juggle both jobs, considering the relatively low episode orders inherent in cable series (typically 10-13 episodes as opposed to 20-22 on a network).

"Last year Lennie James (who played Morgan Jones) was on The Walking Dead, Human Target and Hung as well as doing a show in the U.K. for the BBC. It's not unusual these days for people to be on multiple shows at the same time," Kirkman told the Hollywood Reporter. "The way shooting schedules work for cable, it really does open doors for that. The Walking Dead stopped shooting in early November and doesn't resume until almost summer, so there's a huge gap in there for people to do other projects. I wouldn't let any casting rumors make you think that it's spoiled any show, especially this one. In the case of Jon Bernthal, who's to say he survives that first pilot [of L.A. Noir]? Maybe he dies in the first episode."

Regardless of what happens to Shane, we shouldn't have to wait too long to find out—as The Walking Dead continues with new episodes Sunday at 10/9 Central on AMC.

(via The Hollywood Reporter).

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