On December 21st, AMC announced that they would part ways with The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara – a clear indication that the world, was in fact, about to end. As a huge fan of Mr. Mazzara and his continued contributions to The Walking Dead, I was utterly shocked when I learned of his resignation. As many fans already know, Glen Mazzara took over as showrunner when Frank Darabont abruptly exited the show after Season 1. But now Mazzara and AMC site “difference of opinions regarding the future of the show” as their reasoning behind his departure. Mazzara helped to rejuvenate The Walking Dead television series, and helped it become one of the highest rated series in basic cable history.
In a statement released by Glen Mazzara he says, “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.”
It’s a great mystery as to why Mr. Mazzara would leave such a successful show that he helped to propel to its current fame and popularity, but one could only wonder what hand AMC held in the matter. AMC is notoriously difficult to deal with, as they’ve been known to hire and fire showrunners at the drop of a hat, stall renegotiations and dispute with cable providers.
On a positive note, The Walking Dead has been renewed for Season 4 – which comes as little surprise to fans of the show. I think I speak for everyone when I say that Glen Mazzara will truly be missed. He was a intricate part of the show and had a great relationship with the fans. Best of luck to Mr. Mazzara in his future endeavors.