“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fourth season, AMC announced Friday, but with a significant change — Glen Mazzara is stepping down as a showrunner.
“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,” Mazzara said in a statement. “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.”
AMC and Mazzara released this 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 as showrunner and executive producer.”
And executive producer Robert Kirkman added: “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.”
A replacement for Glen Mazzara has not been announced.
“The Walking Dead” is set to return with the second half of Season 3 on Sunday, February 10.