Back in December, as "The Walking Dead" was continually bringing in the highest ratings in AMC’s history, rumors were floating around that Frank Darabont had released his entire writing staff for the show ahead of its second season. And there was even talk that Darabont would only hire freelancers for the next season, eliminating the series’ writing staff entirely.
However, according to a new report at Deadline, that approach has been abandoned and "The Walking Dead" will have five writers on staff for season two. Additionally, Glen Mazzara has come on board as a new executive producer under Darabont.
Mazzara wrote "Wildfire," the penultimate first season episode of "The Walking Dead" as a freelancer. Prior to that, he got his start as a writer on "Nash Bridges" before moving on to "The Shield," "Standoff" and "Life." Mazzara also created the TV adaptation of "Crash" on Starz, where he served as showrunner for the series’ first season. He was also an executive producer and writer of "Hawthorne" on TNT.
Former "Walking Dead" writer and executive producer, Charles “Chic” Eglee quickly joined FX’s "Powers" after leaving the show. Like "Walking Dead," "Powers" is an adaptation of a hit creator owned comic book series, which was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is expected to write at least one episode of the show’s second season, which will be 13 episodes this year instead of the first season’s short order of six. Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yuen and Laurie Holden will all be back for the next season, which is expected to begin production soon.
Although AMC has not yet announced a return date for "The Walking Dead," it is widely rumored that season two will begin near the end of October just as the first season did last year.