Walking Dead's new showrunner finally comments about taking over

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Feb 27, 2013, 5:28 PM EST

It’s been a month since we heard that showrunner Glen Mazzara was leaving AMC’s The Walking Dead over creative differences, and now the show’s new executive producer has finally opened up about taking the job.

Once the studio decided to part ways with Mazzara, the big rumor was that series writer Scott Gimple would be promoted to take the reins. Now the network has finally confirmed it: Gimple (Flashforward, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) is the new mind behind one of cable TV’s biggest hits.

Here’s what Gimple had to say about the gig:

“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. 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.”

Series creator Robert Kirkman seems stoked about the move, noting that Gimple has contributed many signature moments over the past two seasons. Gimple joined the series at the start of season two and has written episodes such as “Save the Last One” (where Shane kills Otis) and “Hounded” (where Rick gets those calls from beyond the grave).

Here are Kirkman’s comments on the appointment:

“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.”

In addition to Gimple's promotion, the network has also elevated series writers Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse to producer status. This could be a good thing, as the network is trying to keep around what's left of the writer's room.

Do you think Gimple is the right man for the job? And just importantly: Do you think he’ll last longer than previous showrunners Mazzara and Frank Darabont?

(Via The Wrap)