The Walking Dead has been on top of its game and smashing ratings records since its first season, and yet, it seems to have some trouble keeping a showrunner staffed. First, AMC booted season 1 showrunner Frank Darabont from the show. Darabont was followed up by Glen Mazarra for season 2, who did a fantastic job of steadily increasing the viewership of an already massively popular show. Then, in the tail end of 2012, it was announced that Mazarra would be leaving the show after season 3 due to “creative differences”? Executive producer Scott Gimple has been named as the new showrunner for season 4. So what is the deal with all the switch-ups? The Walking Dead resident bow-slinger Norman Reedus chimed in on how this has affected the actors on the show.
“I remember with Frank we were like, ‘What?’” says Reedus. “That was the first big hit because Frank brought us there. So that was a big deal, but Glenn was Frank’s No. 2 so we didn’t see a new person. Then Scott is Glenn’s No. 2 so we’re not seeing any new stuff. It’s interesting because it brings the cast together — like this is ours and we’re going to fight for it.”
Reedus says that the cast has really not had to make many adjustments to the changes, because each change has involved a staff member they are familiar with. . “The thing about those showrunner decisions, they are made without me in the room, without all of us in the room,” says Reedus. “But it’s not like it’s a whole new vibe. We’re still doing the same thing. We still have solid writing and the same directors. It’s the same people talking, the same people making the same thing. So it doesn’t really change that much, to be honest.”
Well there you have it.