Last month, AMC shocked industry observers when it announced that Glen Mazzara will be departing “The Walking Dead” after the record-breaking third season. This move came barely a year after the network had sacked the original “Walking Dead” showrunner Frank Darabont.
To replace Mazarra as showrunner, AMC has reportedly tapped Scott M. Gimple, a supervising producer who is currently on the series. Gimple joined “The Walking Dead” during the second season and wrote three scripts: "Save the Last One," "Pretty Much Dead Already" and "18 Miles Out;" which was co-written with Mazzara. For the third season, Gimple wrote the sixth episode, “Hounded” and the penultimate episode of the third season that will air on March 24.
Prior to this series, Gimple worked in television on “Drive,” “Life” and “FlashForward” and he co-wrote the script for Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. Gimple has also written comics for “The Simpsons” and “Disney’s Pepper Ann.”
While Mazarra and AMC jointly announced that his departure was amicable, a new report on Deadline suggests that it was “Walking Dead” creator, Robert Kirkman who pressured AMC into forcing Mazarra out of the hit series. However, that rumor is unconfirmed and it doesn’t cite a specific reason as to why Kirkman and Mazarra would be at odds.
“The Walking Dead” Season 3 will resume on Sunday, February 10 on AMC.