US cable network AMC has given its viewers an early Christmas present.
Its hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, which regularly gets ratings higher than broadcast network series on at the same time, will be returning for a fourth season in 2013.
In renewing the show, however, AMC has parted company with showrunner Glen Mazzara, who picked up the baton ahead of season two following the departure of Frank Darabont.
A joint statement from AMC and Mazzara said they “mutually decided to part ways”.
It seems the two parties clashed over which direction the show should take.
“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,” the statement added.
Mazzara will stay on until the end of season three, which is currently in hiatus until it resumes in February, half way through its 16-episode run.
Source: Futon Critic