Glen Mazzara, chosen by AMC to replace “Shawshank Redemption” writer-director Frank Darabont as “The Walking Dead’s” showrunner subsequent to Darabont’s firing, is himself leaving, is himself departing “Dead.”
Mazzara will be leaving subsequent to the current, third season, which resumes with new episodes Feb. 10.
We’ve no word on who will serve as showrunner for season four.
Serving as showrunner on the widely reviled first season of Starz’ “Crash: The Series,” Mazzara was replaced before season two on the Starz series by the great “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” showrunner Ira Steven Behr.
Mazzara replaced Darabont midway through season two of “Walking Dead,” around the time Sophia’s return was being written. There were many subsequent season-two episodes featuring people wandering Hershel Greene’s farm talking about their post-apocalypse feelings.
For season three Mazzara remained showrunner, but many new writers were hired, among them “Sopranos” writer Frank Renzulli. Perhaps he’ll be named the third “Walking Dead” showrunner
The third season has been much, much better so far, except perhaps for “Made To Suffer,” the season three episode scripted by Robert Kirkman, who writes the “Walking Dead” comic books.
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.