It’s official! The Walking Dead has been renewed for Season 4. For a huge hit like this, I don’t think this news is shocking. BUT there’s a bit of a bad news that comes with this renewal: Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara is leaving the series.
This is the official press release from AMC about Mazzara’s exit:
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.
Glen Mazzara also released his own statement, following his exit:
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.
The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, also released an official statement regarding the matter:
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.
Lastly, Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd released her statement saying,
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.
The Walking Dead has been through a lot of shakeups behind the camera. When Mazzara (who has been the series writer since season 1) replaced the original show-runner Frank Darabont halfway through seasons 2, I liked the way it was heading story-wise I wonder what is going to happen for the future of The Walking Dead Series. Probably AMC would just choose someone who is currently working with the series. Whatever it is, I do hope that the change is for the best. Just be sure they will always remain faithful to the graphic novel.