“Walking Dead” Showrunner Glen Mazzara Is Stepping Down

“The Walking Dead” has just lost yet another showrunner.

“The Walking Dead” has just lost yet another showrunner.

AMC made the announcement today that the hit series’ second showrunner, Glen Mazzara, is stepping down from his role due to personal opinions.  The statement reads:

Today, AMC announces the season 4 pick-up of The Walking Dead.

AMC also jointly announces with Glen Mazzara today that for future seasons, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success.

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.

Comic creator and show producer Robert Kirkman also gave a statement, expressing his support for both parties:

“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.”

While the two seem to be parting ways amicably, one has to wonder about the inner workings of the show, especially since this isn’t the first time a showrunner has walked.  (Director Frank Darabont left after disagreements following the first season.) 

No word, yet, on who will take over for the fourth season and beyond, but here’s to hoping that the show could continue its massive streak of excellence in season three up to this point.

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