After a brief period of uncertainty, it appears AMC has found "The Walking Dead"'s new showrunner, and they didn't have to look very far.
Executive producer Scott Gimple has been given the nod as the hit series' third showrunner, replacing Glen Mazzara after an "amicable" parting of the ways. Gimple has been credited with writing several episodes in the second and third seasons, including the upcoming finale of season three.
The transition should prove to be somewhat seamless, as Gimple has been with the series since the start of Season 2 when the show brought in a new writing staff. Gimple was tapped as Mazzara's second in command when he was appointed showrunner to replace the departing Frank Darabont. The current supervising producer has worked on numerous series, including "Chase," "Flashforward," and "Life."
Mazzara will remain on the series through the conclusion of season three, overseeing postproduction as filming has already concluded. "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," AMC said in a statement early Friday announcing show's fourth-season renewal. "This decision is amicable, and Glen will remain on for postproduction on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer."
Given that he worked so closely with Mazzara, the appointment of Gimple seems like it will be something of a lateral move. Do you think the series will experience a dramatic creative upheaval, or will it stay the course?