The new showrunner for The Walking Dead, Glen Mezzara, spoke to reporters on Thursday for the first time since taking over for Frank Darabont, who was ousted by the network in a move that proved very controversial amongst fans.
Glen’s primary message, as quoted by TV Guide, is: don’t panic:
“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 had never read the comic books before starting Season 2. Previously, he wrote an episode in Season 1 as a freelancer. “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.”
He then went on to discuss the post-Frank world:
“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,” he continued, explaining to the cast that at some point, there’s going to be scripts that differ from Darabont’s voice. “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.”