We’ve been through this before, haven’t we? AMC has announced the renewal of The Walking Dead for a fourth season, but at the same time, showrunner Glen Mazzara is leaving. That’s the second showrunner departure for the series, after Frank Darabont left during the second season.
The official statement released by AMC and Mazzara says, “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.” And an additional statement from Mazzara says, “My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season three, 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.”
Robert Kirkman’s statement reads, “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. I am also excited to begin work on another spectacular season of this show that I know means so much to so many people. This show has always been the result of a wide range of extremely talented men and women working tirelessly to produce their best work collectively. I believe the future is bright for The Walking Dead. Thank you to the fans for your continued support.”
So… huh. The show survived Darabont’s departure; Are you concerned about this move, or do you expect the show to keep rolling on? We don’t know what the creative differences were, and we don’t know who’ll be taking over, but we can speculate about the show’s direction, because not knowing any details never stops us, does it? Post your thoughts and hopes for the show below.
HT: Deadline. And NOTE: Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick hosts Talking Dead on AMC, which returns with new episodes in February and will expand to one hour at 10/9c, directly after the new Walking Dead episodes air.