You know how in the The Walking Dead show/comics, the cast members would always die or go their separate ways and so the group dynamic would constantly shift and change? I find it hilarious that this show mirrors the state of things behind the scenes at AMC. We’ve all heard by now that Glen Mazzara, the previous showrunner and the person responsible for what is arguably the best season of The Walking Dead, had a difference of opinion regarding how they would approach the fourth season with AMC and so he officially left after finishing up the third season. Before that, AMC was responsible for forcing Frank Darabont, the original creator, to leave the show half-way through the second season. After constantly butting heads with showrunners, AMC announced now that Scott Gimple, the supervising producer and writer for the show, will be taking over at the start of the fourth season.
We’re taking bets on how long this relationship would last. You may notice a hint of bitterness sprinkled throughout this piece, and you may think it’s not warranted. I suppose that would make you a better person than I am, but I just can’t get over the fact that AMC is always rumored as having this creative choke-hold on the people who generate a lot of money for them. Yes, at the end of the day, they may all just end up being rumors, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last, that creators just couldn’t get along with the people at AMC and that will eventually come to bite them back. They were fast becoming one of my favorite channel, but the way they do business seems disgusting. These shows deserve a better network.
Whatever the case, best of luck to Scott Gimple. You’ve got a tough act to follow.
Written by Daniel Lee