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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That really is a blow as he's done a sterling job on this current season. He's picked up the corpse of season two, shook it up and awoke it from its stupor, a kicked new life into the show. A damn shame as it was all going so well.

Wonder if he wanted to remove core cast members (since there is a lot of character rotation in the comics) and AMC wouldn't let him.

I would hazard a guess and say it's more likely about the budget again, with the douchemasters at AMC trying to squeeze more money out of the show while it suffers creatively as a result.

He turned season 2 around and made season 3 (so far) spectacular. I get the feeling though that the argument may have been 'let's get back on track with the comics' vs 'let's go as far from the comics as possible'. Unsure who was on what side, but if I had to guess AMC were on the side of fan-service, making sure that touchstones from the comics were in there, as those moments have made the fan community go wild. (Michonne's appearance, her pets, the governor's transformation, Tyreese's apperance etc) In order to keep the more hardcore fans coming back, they might think they need that kind of stuff. In reality I think by the end of next season they'll have caught up with the comic books story-wise, so they'll need to split off from it anyway. That or the killing off of cast members. Although you'd think they'd be happy! The longer they star in a show the higher the pay!

I think the show is now going to take a "Shaun of the Dead" direction.

Maybe they will have scenes of zombies line-dancing.

As devasting as this news is, let's remember what happened when Frank Darabont exited stage left. We ended up with an amazing second half of season 2 and a thriller so far of season 3. Now Glen Mazarra is awesone, please dont get me wrong but the source material from which the show draws from has not changed. Let's also not lose complete hope in the show as Gale Ann Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Greg Nictero are still very much a part of this show.

Here's when I would hit the panic button...when Robert Kirkman throws his hands up and says he is no longer apart of the show in anyway. That's when I would have serious reservations about the future of the show.

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