It’s official! AMC has announced that The Walking Dead staff writer Scott Gimple will be taking over as the series’ new showrunner. A few months ago, the previous showrunner, Glen Mazzara, and AMC parted ways, but both parties said the decision was amicable. Scott Gimple will be the third showrunner for The Walking Dead since the series began in 2010.
AMC also announced that production of the fourth season of The Walking Dead will start this May in Atlanta, Georgia. The fourth-season premiere episode will air this October, beginning a 16-episode season. Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic and the series’ executive producer, had this to say about the series’ new showrunner:
‘Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He’s contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of ‘The Walking Dead. I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of ‘The Walking Dead’ with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.’
When the series started in 2010, writer/director Frank Darabont was the series showrunner, but he was fired around the midway point of season two in 2011. Darabont was replaced with Shield writer Glen Mazzara, who turned a dull series into an exciting, ferocious, heart-stopping thrill ride. He left The Walking Dead late in 2012 after a conflict with Robert Kirkman on the general direction of the series.
At this point, it doesn’t seem to matter who is running The Walking Dead. Its ratings increase with every new episode and the series shows no signs of degradation.
The Walking Dead’s episode 11 — “Clear” (written by Scott Gimple) — will air Sunday, March 3rd on AMC.