The brain child behind the televised adaptation of ‘Under the Dome‘ is leaving the show.

When the series was originally being developed for Showtime, Brian K. Vaughan was chosen by Steven Spielberg to adapt the Stephen King novel to the small screen. When the series switched to CBS, Neal Baer took over as the showrunner and Vaughan was given the executive producer hat as well as becoming one of the writers on the show.

Vaughan feels that after helping arc out the second season with Baer, his time on the show was done. The split is apparently on good terms as Vaughan wanted to go back to his roots on working on graphic novels. On the writing end of things, Vaughan wrote the pilot, another episode, and the season finale which he co-wrote with Scott Gold. Honestly, at least two of his three episodes were some of my favorites of the first season!

When talking about leaving the show Vaughan had the following to say.

“Right after we finished season one of ‘Under the Dome,’ our showrunner Neal Baer and I had the amazing honor of working with Stephen King himself to help plot the new direction of our second season. It was one of the best experiences of my creative life, but it was also a really long time to be apart from my family, who I’ve seen way too little of since I started helping to develop Dome years ago, so I decided to step away from the show. I really miss the cast and crew, but it’s awesome to get to see my kids again and catch up on my comic-book deadlines. I’m very grateful that CBS and Amblin gave me this opportunity to help adapt one of the best novels ever by my lifelong hero, and I’m excited to watch all of my friends’ hard work come to life in a few weeks.”

Vaughan’s last comic series released was ‘Saga’ which is an ongoing series at Image Comics and I suspect we’re going to see something else announced by him in the near future.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter