AMC has renewed The Walking Dead, their zombified hit comic book adaptation for a fourth season, they announced officially Friday. With multiple record-breaking episodes ratings-wise, that announcement doesn't come as a surprise. However, according to official statements from the execs on the show, Glen Mazzara, showrunner since early in Season 2, is stepping down due to "difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward."Mazzara, along with creator Robert Kirkman and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd have all released official statements about the creative change, but no replacement for Mazzara has been named yet. Glen Mazzara
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.Robert Kirkman
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.Gale Anne Hurd
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.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!