Fans of the show freaked out when Mazzara and AMC announced he would not return for season four. The man had endeared himself to fans with the great introduction of Michonne and The Governor in season three, and surely losing him would be the death knell for the show.
However, these same fans felt the show was doomed when AMC removed Frank Darabont from showrunner duties and placed Mazzara in charge. Surely this guy could never walk in the shoes of the great Frank Darabont. However, after a tough season two, which was very uneventful for "The Walking Dead," he found his way.
Now, it is time to see if Scott M. Gimple can follow suit. Gimple wrote the midseason finale of season two when young Sophia came out of the barn as a zombie, and wrote the season three episode where Merle kidnapped Maggie and Glenn. Overall, he wrote five episodes of the show as well as episodes for "FlashForward" and "Life."
On the other hand, he also co-wrote the movie "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.