Walking Dead's co-executive producer and writer Angela Kang is having an enormous weight placed on her shoulders. After much backlash and fan complaints over season 8's story lines, Kang is stepping up to replace current show-runner Scott Gimple for season 9.
In a statement from AMC president Charlie Collier, he had this to say about the changes:
“We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”
Kang has had a long history with the series, starting as a writer and story editor in season 2. She was promoted to producer in season 3 and eventually to co-executive producer in season 5. Kang is also credited for writing fans favorite episodes, so there is hope that she will be able to turn the series around after a disappointing season 8.
Fans have high hopes for Kang to bring the zombies back from the dead.
Hearing that Angela Kang is the new showrunner for season 9 is music to my ears.— WalkerWyn™ (@wynthewalker) January 13, 2018
Still there were a few who weren't convinced.
Can I think it’s cool that TWD now has a female (of color) showrunner but also hate that it’s Angela Kang? 😳— Ashley Jordan (@AshActually) January 13, 2018
I'm willing to give her a chance...mostly because I've given Gimple too many.— NickE91 (@NickEllard) January 14, 2018
I'd be all for this if Gimple hadn't already done long lasting irreversible damage.— Neutral Grey (@NeutralGreyHue) January 14, 2018
It seems only time will tell if Kang can work some much needed magic.