According to TV Line, The Walking Dead has found it’s newest showrunner: Scott M. Gimple.
Replacing Glen Mazzara, who departed the series due to “difference of opinion” with AMC about the show’s future, Gimple will be the third showrunner of the zombie apocalypse drama. Gimple, who wrote Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, has written five episodes of The Walking Dead including the midseason finale of season two, titled “Pretty Much Dead Already.”
“I’m thrilled to continue the tradition of the spectacular, cinematic, horrifying, exciting and emotional storytelling of The Walking Dead. I’m a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer,” Gimple explained in a statement. “Over the past two years, it’s been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with – I can’t wait to make some more.”
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman released this statement about the hiring of Gimple: “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. 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.”
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC at 9 p.m. EST.