'The Walking Dead' Executive Producer Denies Writer Firings, Discusses Season Two

The Walking DeadReports that "The Walking Dead" writer, director and executive producer Frank Darabont has fired his entire writing staff were described as "unfortunate" and "premature" by comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, and now another colleague is weighing in on the report.

Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd spoke with Entertainment Weekly and denied the report that Darabont fired his staff writers, saying: "It's completely inaccurate."

“[In] the writers’ room, there are people that have set up other projects that will be their first priority if their own series is picked up as a pilot or if it’s a series," she said, going on to address writer Charles "Chic" Eglee's departure: "I think [Eglee] just decided that he wants to run his own show.”

But with or without a fully staffed writers room, Hurd said that figuring out the story for Season Two will mostly fall on Darabont and Kirkman's shoulders.

“I think Frank and Robert will sit down early next year, to begin mapping it out," she said.

In addition to denying reports that Darabont fired the show's writing staff, Hurd confirmed that "every one of the principal cast is signed up for multiple seasons." She also said that special effects mastermind Greg Nicotero will hopefully return as well.

“We certainly hope he’ll be back,” she said. “As with everything, it’s subject to availability. But he’s a very important member of the team as are his colleagues at [Nicotero's effects house] KNB. KNB will still be [doing] our makeup effects.”

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