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Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson exiting after season 3

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Fear the Walking Dead is losing its leader.

Showrunner Dave Erickson has signed a new development deal with AMC, which means at the end of the upcoming third season he will step down from running Fear, although he will stay on as an executive producer.

“I have truly enjoyed working with the writers and directors, cast and crew on Fear and am so proud of what we have accomplished over our first two seasons,” said Erickson in a statement. “I look forward to completing work on season three, sharing it with the fans and developing new projects with my partners at AMC.”

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Having previously created the Julianna Margulies legal drama Canterbury’s Law and written on Sons of Anarchy, Erickson was with Fear from the beginning, helping Robert Kirkman develop The Walking Dead companion series.

The third season, which includes new series regular Daniel Sharman, premieres this summer.