The Walking Dead
fans got excellent, though expected, news today when AMC announced that their hit zombie show would be returning for season 4, but it was not all good news. The current showrunner, Glen Mazzara, will not be returning after the conclusion of the show's third season.
Here's the joint statement released by AMC and Glen Mazzara: "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."
This is not the first change in showrunners in The Walking Dead's short run. Former Showrunner Frank Darabont left amid controversy during the second season and was replaced by Mazzara. AMC has not announced who will be following Mazzara in the role.
The Walking Dead upped the danger during season 3 with more zombie kills in just the first hour than during either of the previous seasons. The tension was also heightened between the survivors particularly between Rick's group at the prison and the Governor's community of Woodbury.
Fans don't need to worry yet about whether the show's tone will be altered; the changes don't go into effect until after season 3 ends.
The Walking Dead season 3 returns on Sunday, February 10 at 9 pm ET on AMC.
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