Glen Mazzara: I won’t F**K Up The Walking Dead
New Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has broken his silence on replacing Frank Darabont as boss on the series.
“There’s been all this concern that I’m going to f***k up this show, and really, we’re just trying to get it done,” Mazzara told reporters during a recent season two screening.
Darabont surprised fans by quitting the show days after July’s Comic Con. He had however worked to map out the season prior to his departure. He also remains as an executive producer.
“We all did a lot of work on plotting this season under Frank, and part of the reason we’ve had such a smooth transition is that it’s a fully articulated world,” said Mazzara, who wrote an episode for the show’s first season. “This season is consistent with the material that we did last year. I think, like any second season, you work out the bugs. You try to improve. What you’re seeing is the usual growth of any TV show, creatively. There’s no plan to deviate from what we worked out, there’s no different vision of the show.”
It’s clear Mazzara has his own vision of how the tone of the much anticipated new season should be set.
“So, now I’m in this situation where I have to take over and try to fill Frank’s shoes. Well, that’s a dangerous situation,” Mazzara said. “I think the show would be inauthentic if I tried to mimic’s Frank’s voice. I’m not Frank Darabont and I shouldn’t try to be. I think that would hurt the show. I asked them, please help keep me honest, keep the writers honest and be collaborative.”
The second season of The Walking Dead kicks off on Sunday October 16th 9/8c on AMC and will consist of seven episodes. The show will then take an eleven week break before returning to screens again in February 2012.