Why Did Glen Mazzara Leave The Walking Dead?

Last month, it was confirmed that The Walking Dead would be returning for a fourth season and it would be under the watchful eye of the series third showrunner as Glen Mazzara would be leaving the production. Much like Frank Darabont in July of 2011, Mazzara’s departure was somewhat shrouded in mystery as the only reason given by AMC was that “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.”

Details are starting to come up about what happened between the Executive Producer and the network. THR is reporting that series creator Robert Kirkman may have played a part. “Kirkman was one of several producers on the show who had issues with Mazzara and his vision,” they wrote. “I believe Robert wants to maintain a certain amount of his control,” said an unnamed insider “and AMC needs Robert for the fan base.” Kirkman is reportedly “very proprietary” about the comic’s translation to television.

Another source claimed the reason behind Mazzara’s departure was his “short comings” as a showrunner. They allege the problem became very clear in the second half of the season when production was shut down “several times” due to a lack of material.

We may never know for sure what happened between AMC and Glen Mazzara, but we certainly hate to see him leaving the series. The Walking Dead returns from hiatus on February 10.

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