<i>Walking Dead</i> Axes Writing Staff, Mulls Freelancers For Season 2

As AMC's The Walking Dead heads into the finale of its record-breaking first season, Deadline reports that executive producer Frank Darabont has let go of the writing staff for the critically acclaimed drama.

Charles H. Eglee, an executive producer who co-wrote the third episode "Tell It to the Frogs," is apparently among those sent packing.

Darabont, a filmmaker whose only previous TV credit is The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, is considering using freelance writers for the show's second season, a move that could lead to logistical problems as well as conflicts with the Writers Guild. However, Darabont may be buoyed by the success of the first season, which saw him write two episodes and co-write or rewrite the other four. Two of those were penned by non-staff writers: executive producers/comic creator Robert Kirkman ("Vatos"), and Glen Mazzara ("Wildfire").

Deadline notes a final decision hasn't been made, and that Darabont could still end up using a combination of staff and freelance writers for the 13-episode second season, which likely won't debut until October.

The first-season finale of The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST/PST on AMC.

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