Walking Dead Writing Staff Still Alive
Reports earlier this week on deadline.com were that Frank Darbont leveled a headshot to the writing crew of AMC’s massively popular zombie serial ‘The Walking Dead’. “Not so”, says the creator of the comic book the series is based on. Robert Kirkman told TV Guide this week that the announcement was “unfortunate” and “premature”.
Kirkman, also a writer and executive producer on the hit AMC series added that the firing wasn’t the case, “It makes Frank look bad. I don’t think Frank wants it out there that he’s just firing people off of a successful show seemingly for no reason.”
Kirkman said Charles “Chic” Eglee (‘Dexter,’ ‘Dark Angel’), one of the many writers reportedly ousted from “The Walking Dead,” actually chose to leave on his own accord after finding out Darabont decided to stay in charge for the second season.
“Chic Eglee is a high-level television writer,” said Kirkman. “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. 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 far as hiring other writers? Kirkland didn’t have an answer as to whether there will be a staff in the writer’s room or they’ll go the way of freelance for Season 2.
Either way this is one the most gripping shows on TV right now. I’m not a huge Zombie movie or book lover, but this show has just enough drama and non-comical action to keep me interested. Last week the survivors made it to Atlanta and the CDC. The cliffhanger ending had me yelling at the TV, “‘OPEN THE DAMN DOOR! OPEN THE DAMN DOOR!”. I’m actually dreading going without this show for the next 4 months.
The season ender of ‘The Walking Dead’ is 9pm Sunday night on AMC. Here’s sneak peek: