At this week's NATPE conference (National Association of Television Program Executives) Glen Mazzara addressed his sudden ouster from The Walking Dead. It was a fairly straight-forward non-answer, but judging from his answers, he was just as surprised as the rest of us - but a lot angrier.
On taking over for season one showrunner Frank Darabont: "You had to sort of grab the wheel as if we were going through a storm, and I’m happy to say I was able to contribute and we got through the storm. But when I think people involved with the show are looking at the long-term plan, they want something different -- and what those differences are, you would have to ask AMC ... On Walking Dead, because I was coming into a culture with all the different writers and producers and now I was stepping up, I really wanted to build that team. I wanted everybody invested in what we were doing. I didn’t think it would be right to say, ‘OK, there’s a new sheriff in town.’ That wasn’t my attitude, and I felt like the show would have definitely failed if that was the case.”
Non-answer addressing rumors that he and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman couldn't see eye-to-eye: "When you’re the creator, you can say, 'This is what the show is.' I didn’t create the show. I didn’t create the comic book, so I’m just glad I was able to contribute.”
On addressing script notes from the network, the producers, the executives, and the actors: "There’s no way you can take every note. There’s no way you can make everybody happy. So I'd just sort of go through and do a rewrite on the entire script trying to include all of those different voices, all of those different perspectives. At the end of the day, though, you’re never going to get consensus. So that’s where I have to say, 'I feel this is the best possible script.' … At the end of the day, somebody has to make the call. Otherwise, it’s just chaos."
The Walking Dead returns to finish its third season on February 10th on AMC. The fourth season, with new showrunner Scott Gimple at the helm, should hit screens this October.
Source: Hollywood Reporter