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Like a desperate survivor sailing away from a dangerous, zombie-filled mainland, Variety reports that showrunner Dave Erickson will be departing Fear The Walking Dead after its upcoming third season. Erickson—a former producer on shows like Sons Of Anarchy, Marco Polo, and the short-lived Low Winter Sun—has been helming the AMC spin-off since it shuffled into existence back in 2015.

Erickson’s departure is part of a larger deal he recently negotiated with AMC, which will see him continue to develop shows at the cable network. Network execs praised Erickson (who’ll stay on the Walking Dead spin-off as an executive producer) for his work on the series, but have yet to name his successor.