Jon Bernthal, The Walking Dead

Spoiler alert? We may need to get ready to mourn the death of Shane on The Walking Dead...

Jon Bernthal is reportedly in early talks to join Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont's new TNT series pilot L.A. Noir, according to Variety.

The show would chronicle the dangerous underbelly of Los Angeles in the '40s and '50s; namely, the battle between gangster Mickey Cohen and L.A. police Chief William Parker. Bernthal would portray L.A. cop Joe Teague.

Former Walking Dead producer Frank Darabont develops new TNT drama

Should Bernthal sign on, he would reunite with Darabont, who developed and executive-produced the first season of The Walking Dead before being ousted in July. It also could mean that Bernthal's Walking Dead character, Shane, is likely not long for this world, though he's outlived his comic book counterpart, who was killed off in Issue #6.

Could Bernthal be the mystery castmember who wanted out of his contract after Darabont left?