TV: ‘The Walking Dead’- Glen Mazzara discusses his thoughts on the show, it’s deaths and the upcoming Season Four

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In a recent interview with Scenstr, current Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara talked in-depth about the show, his thoughts on some tough decisions, characters being killed off, and also his thoughts on Season Four and its new showrunner, Scott Gimple.

Mazzara talked at length about the decision to kill off Season Three newbie Axel, a character just starting to find his feet:

To be very honest, I didn’t want to kill off any of the major characters. We obviously didn’t want to kill Rick. Carol was on the chopping block, but I didn’t want to kill Carol because we have a story coming up with her. We looked at the possibility of killing Beth. I don’t think that actor knows that. You know, I love Emily Kinney. But I felt that would have had too big an impact on the group. It would have just devastated poor Herschel. It would have taken him down a path I didn’t want for the rest of the season. And we were already dealing with Maggie’s feelings about her sexual assault by The Governor so we didn’t want to complicate that with mourning for her sister. We talked about killing Carl in that episode! We really did… unfortunately, you know, by the process of elimination, we got to Axel. Now I like Lew Temple’s performance of Axel very, very much, and we were just starting to find that character and develop him in a way that we loved. And we probably could have had more stories with him. But The Governor was the main character in that piece. We needed to make sure he was not ineffectual. Because otherwise he’s not a bad guy that could possibly take out our guys. So that was really important.”

He also spoke of the role of being a showrunner:

You know, the showrunner provides the vision for the show. I think the showrunner deserves it! They’re driving the creative vision of the show. So even though it is a collaborative medium, the showrunner is the equivalent of the director of a feature film. That’s the person who shepherds the work through the entire process. Showrunners dedicate themselves to the shows. We’re involved in all aspects of the show, both creative and production-wise. We’re responsible for budgets, schedules, wardrobe, casting… there’s no aspect of the show that I’m not involved in, that I don’t approach from a position of authority. You’re approving hair styles, you’re approving wardrobe, you’re approving props, you’re approving this and that. The directors are the ones who are rotating through the system. So I think that’s fair. I think if you look at a show like “Community,” that was certainly a show that was Dan Harmon’s voice. It’s a demonstrably different show without him. That’s what we get paid for as showrunners, to add our voices to the show. Darabont had one particular voice, I have another. And the fans see that! The fans recognize that. That is recognition of the dedication of a lot of men and women who pour their hearts and souls into these works.

Finally, Mazzara shared his thoughts on the upcoming Season Four, and new showrunner Scott Gimple:

“Well, the next guy, Scott Gimple, has been involved for a while. And Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero, the creative team, were all producers on Season 3. So there’s no material there that is surprising to them. They were involved in developing that material. That being said, listen… the season finale will be a bombshell, as you say. We wouldn’t be “The Walking Dead” if we didn’t push the storytelling every week. So those folks have their work cut out for them, you know? Hopefully the ratings will hold for this season and at the end of my run they’ll be in a position to have a successful Season 4. We’ll see what happens.”

You can read the entire interview at Scenestr

About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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