‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Announced, Glen Mazzara Leaving The Show

The AMC network has ordered a fourth season of the hit series The Walking Dead, as reported by EW. The good news does come with some bad news however. Glen Mazzara, the series current show runner, won’t be returning for the fourth season.

Mazzara has decided to make his exit after taking over for Frank Darabont last year. “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. 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.”

AMC and Mazzara also issued a joint statement over the show runners decision to make an unexpected exit. “Today, AMC announces the season 4 pick-up of The Walking Dead. AMC also jointly announces with Glen Mazzara today that for future seasons, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success. 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. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on [the remainder of the third season, which starts in February] as showrunner and executive producer.”

The second half of season 3 of the series is slated to return on Sunday, February 10th, 2013. In the meantime tell us what you think Walking Dead fans. Are you surprised to see Mazzara go?