AMC’s hit zombie drama series “The Walking Dead” has replaced its showrunner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show has named executive producer Scott Gimple to replace Glen Mazzara, who has been running the show during season three. Gimple will be the show’s third showrunner.
Mazzara left the show last month, citing creative differences, the piece notes. But he “will remain on board as showrunner through the second half of season three, overseeing postproduction on the series, with filming already having been completed on the final eight episodes of the ratings juggernaut,” THR reports.
Mazzara became showrunner midway through production on season two, after Frank Darabont was suddenly let go before the show’s second season premiered. Mazzara picked Gimple as his second-in-command.
AMC commented on the situation with Mazzara in a statement late last week, saying: "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 postproduction on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer."
The story notes: “Gimple first joined the series based on the comics created by Robert Kirkman in season two and penned the third and seventh episodes, co-writing the 10th episode with Mazzara. He wrote the sixth and upcoming penultimate episodes of season three.”