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AMC’s The Walking Dead Loses Another Showrunner, Gets Renewed For A 4th Season


Does The Walking Dead have cooties or something? 

I mean, really. Original showrunner Frank Darabont surprised fans when he abruptly left the AMC series last year and now Glen Mazzara, who took over for him, is leaving.

The Walking Dead broke several records both in its second and third seasons under Mazzara’s leadership so this seems like an odd time to quit. He gave the following statement about the departure, “My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season 3, it’s time to move on. I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.”

Yeah, still makes no sense to me. But a joint statement between Mazzara and AMC explains a bit more:

Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer…AMC is grateful for his hard work.  We are both proud of our shared success.

It’s interesting the network would want to go in a different direction than the guy who’s been getting them great ratings but hey, maybe he wanted to do something crazy like make the zombies sing and dance or something.

Robert Kirkman, executive producer and creator of the comic, said  ”I am in full support of both AMC and Glen Mazzara in the decision they have come to and believe the parties came to this decision in the best interest of the future of the show. I thank Glen for his hard work and appreciate his many contributions to The Walking Dead and look forward to working with him as we complete post production on Season 3.”

It will be interesting to see where Season 4 takes us.

(via Deadline)

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  • Todd Perry

    The show is going to loose a lot of the viewers when he leaves. I for one will not be watching the the show any more when the main star is gone, Glen Mazzara is the most important star in the series and without him its just worth watching.

    I predict the next season or the next year of The Walking Dead will be the last of it as most of the close followers of the series get tired of the major stars in the show get removed and they stop watching as the ratings drop through the floor.

    The only thing I see will save the series is to work it out with all the current stars and do what it takes to keep making the show as far as I am concerned is the best series on television or it was as it gets dropped in the future.

    TODD PERRY

  • Anonymous

    You do realize Glen Mazarra is an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and not the character Glen, right? He’s the creative force behind the scenes, not a star actor.