The Walking Dead hires new showrunner in Angela Kang

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The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple is moving onto another position with AMC as writer Angela Kang takes over starting with Season 9.

Gimple is out, and Kang is in!

Behind the scenes, The Walking Dead has seen some showrunner mixups already. Initially, Frank Darabont took the reigns for the first season, but was let go by AMC while filming Season 2. This saw Glen Mazzara step into the role, and he would remain there until the end of Season 3. That’s when Scott M. Gimple came on board, where he would serve from Season 4 until the present, which is Season 8. But it’s looking like his run is coming to an end as well.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple is moving up to a higher position with AMC. He will oversee the franchise as the chief content officer. Filling his shoes will be writer Angela Kang, who’s been working on the show since 2011. It should make the transition pretty smooth, as Kang clearly knows what’s going on already with the story and should be able to step up in moving it forward.

Kang will take over officially starting with Season 9 of the series, which is expected to premiere in October. After Gimple took a lot of criticism for the choices he’s made with killing off certain characters lately, I’m guessing this move is going to be seen as a good thing by a lot of fans.

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The Walking Dead will resume with new episodes on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9/8c on AMC.