[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4813:]]AMC has green lit The Walking Dead Season 4, which was to be expected, but unexpected is the departure of showrunner, Glen Mazzara.
AMC sent out a press release with the news that the Mazzara and AMC have mutually agreed to part ways, but the reason being due to creative differences.
Mazzara took over for Frank Darabont during Season 2, which wasn't without it's own controversy.
The Walking Dead is currently in its mid-season break, with Season 3 returning February 10th.
Mazzara offered the following in the press release:
"My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season 3, it’s time to move on," Mazzara said in the press release. "I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey."
Producer Gale Ann Hurd also offered:
"I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on 'The Walking Dead.' I am supportive of AMC and Glen's decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show's continued success."
With Robert Kirkman, executive producer and creator of The Walking Dead adding:
"I am in full support of both AMC and Glen Mazzara in the decision they have come to and believe the parties came to this decision in the best interest of the future of the show. I thank Glen for his hard work and appreciate his many contributions to 'The Walking Dead' and look forward to working with him as we complete post production on Season 3. I am also excited to begin work on another spectacular season of this show that I know means so much to so many people. This show has always been the result of a wide range of extremely talented men and women working tirelessly to produce their best work collectively. I believe the future is bright for 'The Walking Dead.' Thank you to the fans for your continued support."