'The Walking Dead' Renewed for Season Four; Glen Mazzara Leaves Role as Showrunner and Executive Producer

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December 21st, 2012

Joint Statement from AMC and Glen Mazzara: 

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. 


Individual statement from Glen Mazzara:

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.


And a statement from producer 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.”

Who wants another statement? This time it's from Robert Kirkman:

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.

  • Pat

    First Frank Darabont gets ousted now AMC and Glen Mazarra cant agree on where the show should go?! Pretty sure he was doing something right as it is the highest rated show in cable history. WTF AMC?!?!

  • Jay

    And so The Walking Dead goes the fate of Mad Men, Lost, and Desperate Housewives.

    It was fun while it lasted.

  • Mike

    I respect that they admitted to creative differences instead of leaving it up for speculation like they did with Darabont. I enjoyed seeing Mazarra on Talking Dead, too. He was a good guest.

  • brenpo7

    Because AMC wants 22 episode.

  • Oliver

    I guess this explains why there’s such a late announcement.

    Darabont leaving was a blessing, but I think AMC are making a mistake.

  • Data

    @bren: Are you sure? Boy, that would be the worst decision – if that is the case, I can understand Mazzia’s creative side. Let’s hope the success of this show isn’t getting to the heads of the AMC executives.

  • Data

    I meant to say Mazzara.

  • Leoben Conoy

    @Because AMC wants 22 episode.

    I hope that is not true.

  • Mal

    My guess is Mazzara wanted to make a major character decision I.e. offing Rick/turning him “heel” and AMC was having none of that.

  • J.G.

    That’s probably what it is. He wanted to open Season 4 with something that AMC found to be a dealbreaker. It sucks.

  • DW

    it had to with money. its always about the money. they may say creative reasons but its about the money.

  • Jason

    Someone will leak the facts and they won’t be pretty.

  • CenterGravity

    “‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season Four”


  • Dan

    Phew – I thought this show was gonna be cancelled, it was on the bubble for a while but AMC gave it another chance ;p

  • dgh


    If The Walking Dead has the same fate as LOST then I would be one happy guy! As for the other two shows don’t watch either.

  • Tabitha

    I just hope AMC hasn’t fudged up my favorite show >:( But I am glad that they finally made the season 4 announcement :D

  • Peace Love Apple Pie

    The reason why there is such high turnover of creatives at AMC shows is because of Joel Stillerman. From Mad Men to the other series at the network, they are abusive on their hits. Hell on Wheels can’t even find a person to run the series, and it is a modest hit.

    Frank Darabont developed the show, and after highest ratings on the network had AMC (Joel) play hardball, decreasing the per episode budget dramatically. taking the $$ from the Georgia tax credit and on top of that cutting the budget more. hence season 2 looked like bottle episodes (episodes on low budget and cheaper sets). Darabont was fired for trying to protect his show and cast.

    Stillerman needs to be fired from AMC and they need a new creative friendly era.

  • Ali Sabir

    @Dan: On the bubble? Are you trolling bro? :P The Walking Dead is the first cable show IN HISTORY to beat all broadcast shows (non-NFL), it had the highest demographic of any cable and broadcast show. It continues to shatter cable records, the season premiere got 10.87 million.
    If anything The Walking Dead was just WAITING for its renewal since the premiere – it was not on the bubble.

  • BxActor

    Yay & boooo

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