There’s good news and bad news for fans of “The Walking Dead.”
AMC announced Friday that the show has been renewed for a fourth season. The zombie series, based on writer-executive producer Robert Kirkman’s comics, has been killing in the ratings, coming off a record-breaking third season in which the cable series even slaughtered the broadcast shows, beating them in the key adults 18-49 demo.
So given its enormous success this year, the pick-up news comes as no surprise — but the announcement that followed did: Showrunner Glen Mazzara is leaving the show.
No specific reason was cited other than AMC saying in a statement that the network and Mazzara “have mutually decided to part ways.”
It’s the second time “The Walking Dead” has lost its leader, amid speculation that there’s a mood of discontent behind the scenes. Mazzara stepped into that role last year after previous showrunner Frank Darabont abruptly exited the series at the end of Season 2.
“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,” Mazarra said in a statement. “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.”