‘Walking Dead’ Writer Tapped as Season 4 Showrunner

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 15th, 2013 at 11:23 pm,

The Walking Dead Scott Gimple Walking Dead Writer Tapped as Season 4 Showrunner

For all its high ratings, critical praise, and general cultural cachet, The Walking Dead has had a difficult time of things behind the camera. After a highly-touted first season, original showrunner Frank Darabont (The Mist) was ousted from the show due to budgetary and creative concerns. His replacement, Glen Mazzara (The Shield), fared little better; despite a notable leap in quality between The Walking Dead‘s second and third seasons, Mazzara has been dismissed from the series because of production delays and creative disputes with Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman.

Though Mazzara won’t officially step down as The Walking Dead‘s showrunner until the end of season 3, AMC has wasted no time in selecting his replacement for season 4. Scott Gimple – a writer and producer who has been with the series since season 2 – will apparently step in as The Walking Dead‘s new showrunner.

As first noted in The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Gimple will take over showrunner duties for The Walking Dead when it returns for season 4. Gimple joined the crew for The Walking Dead during season 2, writing three episodes and overseeing the production of thirteen since.

Taking creative command of the ultra-popular AMC horror-drama after two showrunners have been canned under somewhat controversial circumstances, Gimple inherits a serious responsibility. The Walking Dead is currently AMC’s gore-spattered crown jewel, bringing in audiences previously unheard of on basic cable. With viewers largely in agreement that the show’s third season is a step up from its more sedate predecessor, Gimple will be under pressure to maintain that momentum in season 4.

Evidence as to whether Gimple can pull off the continuation of The Walking Dead‘s current quality is contradictory. He wrote some of the better episodes for the show’s second season, including Shane and Otis’s ill-fated high school expedition in “Save the Last One” (Episode 3) and the first real Rick vs. Shane dust-up in “18 Miles Out” (Episode 10, which was co-written with Mazzara). He also oversaw the beginning of Rick’s descent into madness in season 3′s “Hounded” (Episode 6).

The Walking Dead Hounded Walking Dead Writer Tapped as Season 4 ShowrunnerThough these aforementioned episode scripts were all fairly strong, it should be noted Gimple wrote the screenplay for the disappointing Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – though one could argue that the movie’s simultaneously boring and lunatic plot was due to the other three writers who tinkered with the script before its production. Gimple also turned in more than a few episodes for the short-lived ABC series, FlashForward.

All this said, Scott Gimple’s previous output on The Walking Dead still stands out as fairly solid. Even if he’s put out a few clunker scripts in the past, he’s so far demonstrated a strong feel for the world of The Walking Dead and the dramatic possibilities therein. One can only hope that his tenure as the series’ showrunner will not be undermined by external drama like his two predecessors.

The Walking Dead shambles back onto AMC on February 10, 2013 for the second half of season 3 (and the end of Mazzara’s term as showrunner).


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  2. great! the episodes they listed that Gimple did are among the best of the series.. The twist at the end of “save the last one” left me reeling for days. february couldn’t come soon enough

  3. Even the best actors, directors, etc make a bad movie or tv show every now and then. I don’t hold Ghost rider against this guy.

  4. As one of my fellow screenranters commented before
    “The will chose some poor chap from the writers staff who has no experience in running the show,some guy the can control with the biz decisions to do their bidding ! ”

    Seems its exactly this way. The creative people are the ones who had the vision,and with all whats going on here withe the money and ratings,AMC wants more control..and thats the wrong decision ! They should just give the creatives what the want..!!

  5. Just making sure, I thought the show came back on February 10, not the 17th?

    • You’re right, it is February 10th. I just checked AMCTV.com.

      • Thanks!

        • Good catch, Katey. The article has been amended.

  6. I don’t understand why Kirkman won’t take over as showrunner.

    I mean, it IS his material, after all. Maybe he doesn’t have the desire or experience to pull it off?

    • Probably they will pull him off the show after one season,thats why :)

      • I don’t think the Ghost Rider script should be a worry here given the great episodes he’s done already for this show. I refuse to cry doom for this show already. I have high hopes that this special show will hang together and keep getting better, at least for another season or three. You can never tell how people can screw it up, though. Hopefully Kirkman’s a stabilizing influence and not the cause of all the strife so he can keep the show on-track despite who gets to be called showrunner.

  7. awesome!! i hope he writes an awesome season 4 story line and keeps up the intense pace that walkin dead season 3 is on atm

  8. Let’s hope this writer doesn’t create anymore ghosts. I didn’t read the book or the comics so I don’t know if the whole Lori ghost thing with the telephone was added just for the tv series. I hated the Hounded episode in season 3. Thought it was so hokey pokey. Can anyone tell me if the ghost story line happened in the book or comics? I wonder if this writer just pulled in some of his own ideas of spirits from his play Ghost Rider Here’s hoping season 4 is good. And what’s up with the zombies? I miss season 1 zombies. They looked scarier plus they moved faster. Now they look ok but move slower.

    • Well, Rick carrying the phone around in order to talk to Lori was taken directly from the comics but it wasn’t as exaggerated and dragging on as in the show. He had some problems getting over her (and not only her) but he wasn’t as emo as in the tv series. I started reading the comics because of the show and now I can’t really go back, in comparison it all seems somewhat slow and sometimes stupid. I cared about almost every character in the comics but on the tv show.. maybe Daryl. And just look what they did to Andrea: Would you believe me that the comic version is my most favourite character next to Rick?

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