After peaking at 10.5 million viewers for the season three mid-season finale, AMC has renewed the wildly popular The Walking Dead for a fourth season, TV Guide points out. While it’s good news for fans, it will also mark a change for the series, with the exit of showrunner Glen Mazzara, who has worked on the show since its second season. In a joint statement, Mazzara and AMC cited “difference of opinion” on the show’s future direction. Mazzara then released his own statement:
“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,” he said. “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.”
Mazzara started working on the show in 2011 after the exit of original showrunner Frank Darabont. The latest season of the show has averaged 10.1 million viewers a week.