jon bernthal red gi 'The Walking Dead's' Jon Bernthal jumping to TNT's 'L.A. Noir'?Well, this is interesting. Variety is reporting that Jon Bernthal“The Walking Dead’s” Shane — is in talks to join TNT’s “L.A. Noir” pilot, the project just-launched by former “TWD” showrunner Frank Darabont.

Which is great news for “L.A. Noir,” but troubling news for “Walking Dead” fans who recognize Shane as one of the important sources of conflict and interest to the zombie-pocalypse drama.

When Zap2it talked to executive producers Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara and Gale Anne Hurd at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, all three said to stay tuned for more deaths in the second half of season 2, which returns to AMC on Sunday, Feb. 12. And, if Bernthal is putting himself out there for pilot season, we’re gonna guess he’s envisioning some free time in his future. So Shane could either become zombie food or his character can split off from the group — as he has threatened — and be left in a state of suspended animation, and conceivably open to return for future cameos. Or not.

Bernthal is, according to Variety, on tap to play another cop — Joe Teague, and LAPD officer central to the story about the clash between a police chief and a mob boss.

We’ve reached out to “The Walking Dead’s” reps for comment. We’ll update if and when we get a response.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson