While an earlier Deadline report set tongues twittering, you’ve got to like how Robert Kirkman has deflected some of the freak-outs over changes at The Walking Dead’s writing staff by frankly addressing them. In an interview with TV Guide, he explains that things aren’t how they look. “It’s kind of unfortunate that it’s being reported that our writing staff has been fired because that’s not the case.” Writer Chic Eglee left of his own volition, Kirkman explains:
“Chic Eglee is a high-level television writer. He was brought onto The Walking Dead with the idea that Frank was going to work on the first season and then go off and do movies,” Kirkman says. “Chic didn’t want to be second-in-command on a show when he’s used to being a top dog, and so he decided to go off and do something else, which is something that happens and is not a big deal.”
As for the next season, they haven’t decided if there will be a staff, ala standard Hollywood procedures, or of they will hire freelance writers for the 13-episode order. But in any event, Kirkman is confident that grown-ups are still running things. “Everybody knows what they’re doing. AMC has done a few television shows before, and Frank Darabont is a professional. Whatever is decided, I don’t think it will affect the show one way or another.”
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