There was no doubt that AMC would renew The Walking Dead for a fourth season, after a record-breaking first half of the third season. However many were surprised that the fourth season The Walking Dead will be without the showrunner and Executive Producer Glen Mazzara, this was one of the reasons the announcement wasn’t made sooner. Mazzara will step down after Season 3 concludes.
This is the official announcement made by AMC of the fourth season 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 what Glen Mazzara officialy said regarding the announcement:
“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.”
Here is the official statement from Gale Anne Hurd regarding the announcement:
“I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am supportive of AMC and of 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.”
AMC officially stated that The Walking Dead Season 3 will return with episode 9 ‘The Suicide King‘ on Sunday, February 10th at 9pm EST.