On the heels of AMC renewing The Walking Dead for a fourth season, AMC and show-runner Glen Mazzara announced Mazzara’s exit from the show. That makes the second high level departure from The Walking Dead in just three seasons, two and a half seasons really. The first was the surprising exit of creator/original show-runner Frank Darabont early in the second season. The average life expectancy of a Show-Runner is about as bad as a secondary cast member in the show.
Today’s announcement of Mazzara’s leaving is worrisome, can the show continue to survive the changes in leadership and direction? There is no word on who will replace him and what the creative differences of opinion were. Hopefully we’ll get more once the third season has aired and Mazzara’s contract is completed, perhaps he’ll talk more freely about the subject then.
The AMC press release says:
“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.”
There are also individual statements from Mazzara and The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd:
My time as show-runner 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.
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.
Gale Anne Hurd:
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.