Scott Gimple has been promoted to showrunner of “The Walking Dead,” replacing the recently departing Glen Mazzara, who insiders believe was likely forced out by Robert Kirkman (the man behind the graphic novels). We don’t know a lot about Scott Gimple except that he’s been a writer on the show since the beginning of season two, had been elevated to supervising producer, and that he wrote “Hounded” (a solid transitional episode), and the penultimate episode of season three (due to air in March).
We also know that he worked on “Flash Forward” (guh), and Damien Lewis’ “Life” (awesome), but he also wrote the script for the fortchoming Starz series, “Da Vinci’s Demons,” the action-adventure series featuring a sex-obsessed Leonardo Da Vinci. More detrimental, however, is the fact that he also wrote the screenplay for Ghost Rider: Spirt of Vengeance, which — along with the Starz show — demonstrates that Gimple may have a penchant for empty, nutbar action. Certainly, the faster pace of the series under Mazarra has been great for “The Walking Dead,” but I hope that Gimple doesn’t prove to be the complete opposite of Darabount: We do like some substance in our zombie-killing dramas.