Originally Posted by JMRouse
Ok, i'll buy this. What did they say exactly? You indicated above that it's not clear?
It was a while ago (the first podcast of this season) when I listened to it but he basically said it was about the logistics of the show and being able to plot things out, but if AMC was the driving force behind the split I doubt he would throw them under the bus (thus, it's unclear and we don't really know, before he said anything about it I would have thought it was motivated by AMC and the production company).
He has made it pretty clear they haven't written the second half yet (beyond a basic outline of larger events) and they are taking the next five to six months to really iron it out. Ultimately I think it will be to the shows benefit and create a really tight ending, but we'll see.
At the very least I'm sure AMC wanted them to wait 12 months to fit their schedule, rather than something like 10 months, which was probably doable from a production standpoint.