To the surprise of no one really, Scott Gimple has been named as the new showrunner on AMC's The Walking Dead. News leaked out earlier this week about the decision to make the executive producer the showrunner, taking over for departing showrunner Glen Mazzara, who took over for Frank Darabont. Not a great track record for such a successful show in only its third season, is it?
Additionally, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse have upgraded their roles, moving from co-executive producer and producer, respectively, to executive producers.
"Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He's contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of The Walking Dead,” said Robert Kirkman, who created the comic series. “I am thrilled to begin work on a brand-new season of The Walking Dead with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.”
Mazzara's departure has been a little messy, with sources saying that his shortcomings were made "abundantly clear … especially for the second half of (this) season."
"I was sort of the hired gun coming in to support the creator of the show, and through odd circumstances I ended up becoming showrunner," Mazzarra recently said. "You had to sort of grab the wheel as if we were going through a storm," he added, "and I'm happy to say I was able to contribute, and we got through the storm. But when I think people involved with the show are looking at the long-term plan, they want something different -- and what those differences are, you would have to ask AMC."
The 16 episode fourth season begins filming May 6 in Atlanta.