More than two months after news broke that the writing staff of AMC's The Walking Dead had been disbanded, Deadline reports that Glen Mazzara has signed on as a writing executive producer and No. 2 to series creator Frank Darabont.
What's more, a staff of about five writers is being assembled, ending speculation that Darabont would rely entirely on freelancers for the second season.
Mazzara, who as a freelancer wrote the Season 1 episode "Wildfire," replaces Charles “Chic” Eglee, who left the series to head up FX's adaptation of Powers. Mazzara is a television veteran, having served as a story editor on Nash Bridges, executive story editor and an executive producer on The Shield, and an executive producer and writer on Hawthorne.
The Golden Globe-nominated Walking Dead will return for its 13-episode second season in October (although there's always a chance it could debut earlier).