Glen Mazzara has not said much about his departure from "The Walking Dead," despite friends like "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter creating an uproar. The Wrap spoke to AMC and Mazzara's publicist on Feb. 6 and were told there is no gag order in place to keep him from talking about leaving the show.
The questions began to swirl when Mazzara no-showed a recent Television Academy panel about "The Walking Dead," which made some wonder if he had been silenced. The truth about his silence may be more of a career-saving move.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Mazzara said that he doesn't want his departure from the show to be a distraction to what they have planned for the rest of season three. He wants the fans to just enjoy what he has created. His simple explanation was that it was "creative differences" and a "mutual decision."
One thing that Mazzara will talk about is how he feels about leaving the show he helped build.
Mazzara said it was very difficult to leave because he is proud of what he has accomplished so far. He also said that his actors, directors and crew made it a great job to have. However, he really pointed out the fans as being what he will miss the most about "The Walking Dead."
"I’m also connected with the fans in such an interesting way," Mazzara told Vulture. "People are sending gifts and making me things. This one fan in France made this incredible book about the Dixon brothers — I have to take pictures of that and tweet it — so it’s really been endearing."
"The Walking Dead" returns for the second half of season three on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.
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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.