Walking Dead Season 4 Confirmed

The unexpected announcement this morning that AMC and showrunner Glen Mazzara “have mutually decided to part ways” is accompanied by confirmation that The Walking Dead will return for a fourth season.

“AMC and Glen Mazzara have jointly announced that for future seasons of The Walking Dead, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways,” the network wrote in the statement. “Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.”

Given the ratings of the hit drama, that news comes as less of a surprise than the departure of its second showrunner in a little more than a year. (Frank Darabont, who developed the adaptation of the acclaimed comic book for television, was fired by the network in July 2011.) The Dec. 2 midseason finale drew a record 10. 5 million viewers in its initial airing, and 15.2 million for the night.

That episode also set the stage for a major confrontation between Rick and the other survivors at the Prison and The Governor’s forces in Woodbury. The Walking Dead returns from its midseason hiatus Sunday, Feb. 10.

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  • http://twitter.com/jonthetwit John

    I know had a toy of the 60′s series Batmobile and I’m sure the Batman & Robin action figures I had to sit in it where based on the series, or maybe I am remembering incorrectly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Casey/623640256 Richard Casey

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. On the one hand, this worries me, Mazzarra’s taking over heralded a MASSIVE improvement in the show’s overall quality. On the other hand, the last time the show runner was replaced, the show improved no end, so maybe this’ll lead to an even better Season 4.

  • Dave

    Love how CBR uses their subdomains to place the same article twice. I’ll have to use that one.

  • Omniaural

    The mystery is why.  I’m guessing it likely has to do with plans for series 4.  Are AMC playing a dangerous game in letting Mazzara go? Do they have someone else is mind to take the new series to the next level?

    Is Mazzara willing to go because his vision for the S4 doesn’t match the Network’s in some way and is it over budget or casting?  I’m sure something will leak out eventually.