Writing executive producer Charles H. Eglee is among those given the pink slip. While writer turnover on series between seasons is not uncommon, entire overhauls are unusual. Frank Darabont is reportedly looking assign scripts to freelancers, rather than having a writing staff.
The freelance model is employed by the Starz/BBC series Torchwood, which in turn borrowed it from the U.K. where the show originated, but with an U.S.-based network series such as The Walking Dead may face issues with the Writers Guild.
No final decision has been made.