Robert Kirkman Wanted Glen Mazzara Off The Walking Dead

daryl newMany fans of The Walking Dead have been wondering exactly why showrunner Glen Mazzara was given the boot after producing what many would call by far the best episodes of the show to date. There were few ideas as to why this happened until now.

A source explains to THR exactly who had a problem with Mazzara, comic creator Robert Kirkman.

Several insiders confirm that Kirkman, whose detailed graphic novels form the basis of the series, is “very proprietary,” as one puts it. One adds, “I believe Robert wants to maintain a certain amount of his control, and AMC needs Robert for the fan base.” But despite the vitriol, some sources involved with Walking Dead say Kirkman was one of several producers who had issues with Mazzara and his vision.

One source says Mazzara’s shortcomings in running the series during the most recent third season became “abundantly clear…especially for the second half of the season.” This source says production was shut down “several times” because of a lack of material.

To date, Kirkman has responded to the criticism only with a restrained tweet: [email protected] is brilliant and Sons is my favorite show on TV. Still, it’s upsetting to see him ranting about things he knows nothing about.” AMC declined comment.

So the story is that Kirkman wasn’t a fan of Mazzara, and so that’s why he had to go. I really don’t buy this “AMC needs Robert for the fanbase” thing. Yes, there are viewers who have read the comics, sure, but there are way, way, way more who enjoy the show simply for what it is, a badass show which was recently made more badass by Mazzara.

And having read both, I firmly believe the show has improved upon the comic in many ways, though it may be blasphemy to say that. It seems to me the farther the show gets from the comic, in fact, the better it actually is. For example, keep in mind that perhaps the most beloved character on the show, Daryl, wasn’t even IN the comics.

If AMC starts siding with Kirkman over those who know how to make the TV show pop, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening when their audience departs if we have to sit through another dreary season two.

35 Comments

  1. Drew January 11, 2013
    • brad February 21, 2013
      • Kat March 1, 2013
  2. Carrie January 12, 2013
  3. iBryson January 13, 2013
  4. anthony gonzalez January 21, 2013
  5. andrew lee January 22, 2013
  6. andrew lee January 22, 2013
  7. Payne by name January 31, 2013
  8. antwayyn February 1, 2013
    • Kryik February 3, 2013
    • Joe G. February 18, 2013
  9. auto devis February 2, 2013
  10. lol February 3, 2013
  11. ALLY February 12, 2013
    • ALLY February 17, 2013
  12. Allly February 12, 2013
  13. Luis February 13, 2013
  14. Marshall February 13, 2013
  15. eat dirt February 15, 2013
  16. Ayala February 16, 2013
  17. Weve February 16, 2013
  18. WTF February 17, 2013
  19. WTF February 17, 2013
  20. ogcali48sc February 17, 2013
  21. Adamnyc February 18, 2013
  22. Shredder February 22, 2013
  23. DigitalGeisha February 26, 2013
  24. MP March 1, 2013
  25. JC March 2, 2013
  26. Carrie March 3, 2013
  27. Carrie March 3, 2013
  28. MsTweetie March 7, 2013
  29. Sha March 15, 2013
  30. Rickshaw March 16, 2013

Leave a Reply

HBO Is Pulling Every Single One of Their Shows From Amazon
Fine, I’ll Talk About How I Don’t Want a Roseanne Revival
North Korea Wins the Award for Best Name for a Television Show Ever
18 Magical Things You Didn’t Know about Disney Characters
Logan Black and White Coming to the Big Screen May 16th
Mandy Moore Confronts Killer Sharks in 47 Meters Down Trailer
Incredibly Freaky Footage of Life-Like Prop Baby and Man Heads Being Inflated
I’m Willing To Bet These Star Wars Graham Crackers Will Be Worth Money
Guy Explains How Every Single Nickelback Song is Written
Songs That Jack You Up: Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot”
Hilarious Parody Video of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” Called “Smell of You”
Great Uses of Songs in Movies: “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon” in the Movie “Pulp Fiction”
Watch Out Packers Fans: Aaron Rodgers Spotted with Kelly Rohrbach
The Best Case of Sweet Justice I’ve Ever Seen in an MMA Fight
I Think It’s Safe to Say This Rugby Player’s Getting a Lifetime Ban After This
ESPN Draft Night Coverage Sponsored By Job Recruiting Website Zip Recruiter
A Beautiful Final Fantasy XV “Somnus” Cover by the Grissini Project
Pokemon Clothing Line To Hit France, Belgium, And Luxembourg In May
Eight Classic Gaming Consoles Redesigned as Cars
Guy Completes Super Mario Bros Run In the Most Boring Way Possible
Not Only Has Morgan Freeman Played God, He Once Said “I’m God”
The Top 20 Charitable Celebrities
A Collection of Non Famous Girls Who Definitely Look Like Male Celebrities
Chris Pratt Channels Patrick Stewart to Hilariously Prank a Pet Shop