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AMC announced on Friday that it had made the unsurprising decision to bring back The Walking Dead for a fourth season. After pleasing fans with this not unexpected news, it then dropped a more surprising announcement: The network was in the market for a new showrunner to replace boss Glen Mazzara, who would be leaving in an “amicable” split after a “difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward.” Wait, what? In its third season, the zombie drama has never been bigger, drawing huge audiences, and not just by cable standards. The show handily and regularly delivered more 18- to 49-year-old adults than its broadcast competition. Moreover, Mazzara is credited with overseeing a massive creative turnaround; critics who complained The Walking Dead’s second season had almost ground to a halt in the farmhouse cheered the current season’s bloodier, faster pace. So why does it seem »


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