'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.

  • thesnowleopard

    *Another* showrunner? What, were the zombies just that hungry this month?

  • DeanW

    @ thesnowleopard

    It’s because they habe nobody to eat until February 10.

  • Hugh

    WTF? As a showrunner on a hit that big he deserved 200k+ an episode, and they probably offered up to 75k

  • Ekras

    If that 22 Episode thing is correct than I totally side with AMC. The show is too short with only 16 episodes – they need to make it longer. Any more than 30 episodes might be pushing it, but they can easily do 22…. No less than 18 at least….

  • thesnowleopard


    Surely they could have fed them another cast member. Not like the show hasn’t killed off half the core cast, already.

  • Ali Sabir

    @Ekras: This is a cable drama show, it’s easy for comedy shows to have a 22-episode order because well the episodes in a comedy are mostly stand-alone, however in dramas each episode follows onto the next one and therefore 22 episodes could be too long of an order as an a certain storyline could be completed before the season’s end – we certainly don’t want another lackluster season after season 2, but with Mazzara gone, that unfortunately could be just the case. Personally I think that a 16 episode order would be ideal.

  • Carl

    Maybe they didn’t want Mazzara killing off half the cast every season. Yes, the tension of knowing that you might lose a main character is great but they were getting carried away. Did they really need to kill off T-Dog in a meaningless way in the very same episode we lost Lori?

  • IMJ

    Does anybody know if the winter cold slows the zombies down? Id love to see TWD with winter snow one season.

  • I like this show

    AMC is SOOOO spoiled. They cut the budget of Breaking Bad and Walking dead to pay for Mad Men a inferior show pretty much chasing Breaking Bad into ending pre maturely NOW!, NOW! they want to mess with Mazzara and their BIGGEST HIT TWD…like I said SPOILED. Maybe it’s greed? 22 episodes is possibly in the future on a peanuts budget…no wonder Mazzara left. OH and AMC wants to write the scripts now…just laughable I hope TWD leaves and this stupid network folds.

    @Carl WHAT main characters were killed? Lori? You can’t mean T-Dog….The episode were they both died meant a lot…and it was set up by a decision Rick made in a earlier episode not even close to overkill. Oh and T-Dog saved Carol i guess heroism is meaningless…must not enjoy Superhero movies….

  • TheFollowing

    I’m now contemplating if I’ll watch the season 4. I felt sad to the writers. They are the showrunners but the industry treating them not right. Mostly, the director and cast are the one being praised. No writer. No story!

  • Listenpeople

    Rick IS walking dead, the tv series is based on the ON-GOING comic book series. The series protagonist IS Rick. The whole story revolves around him. He dies, and it’s over.

  • Hydro Fluoric

    I will never watch the show ever again because of this.


    I really want The Walking Dead too move to a different network. This show is too big for AMC. It’s the #1/#2 (?) show on TV, and they want to cut its costs… It’s ridiculous. It should be getting $400,000+ for a commercial spot with the ratings they get. The show will turn into something AMC simply cannot afford soon, they will either have to ask a big company to help them co produce it and share costs or sell it to another network. The other option, and most likly choice for AMC, is too keep costs low by firing head characters who ask for too much money and keep them in a cheap location for a whole season (the disaster that was the first half of Season 2). I don’t want 22 episode season. The plot will become less important in each episode and turn into something the viewers don’t want which is a broadcast type show. Please, 16 episodes is fine.

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