The Walking Dead gains season 4; loses Glen Mazzara

News Louisa Mellor 22 Dec 2012 - 07:31

AMC loses another showrunner for The Walking Dead, as Glen Mazzara departs...

Here's some bittersweet news. The Walking Dead, AMC's zombie survivor drama, has been renewed for a fourth season, but that season is to go ahead without the involvement of showrunner Glen Mazzara.

Just over a year since original showrunner Frank Darabont was unceremoniously rermoved from duties by the network, Mazzara is also to leave the show due to, both parties admit, a difference of opinion with AMC as to how The Walking Dead should proceed in future.

Here's AMC's official statement:

"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."

And here's what Mazzara had to say:

"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."

And finally, some words from The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd:

"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. – Robert Kirkman

I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am supportive of AMC and Glen’s decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show’s continued success."

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