Frank Darabont Teases WALKING DEAD Season Two Conflict & Addresses Firing Writers

The Shawshank Redemption director and showrunner for AMC's apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead, revealed what fans can expect to see this October.

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Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone. The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse. Based on Robert Kirkman's hugely successful and popular comic book series.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs and Norman Reedus. Executive producers are Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and Charles "Chic" Eglee. Jack LoGiudice serves as co-executive producer with Denise Huth as producer. Written by Darabont, Eglee, LoGiudice, Kirkman, Glen Mazzara and Adam E. Fierro.

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"It’s fair to say that the first six episodes were teeing up a lot of conflicts that will be more fully explored in our second season. We find a growing conflict with our two main guys, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal). We’re really excited about putting all of the characters on a chessboard and seeing how wonderfully and effectively we can toss conflict into the game," said Darabont.

Frank Darabont is an Academy Award nominated director who had made the leap from the big screen to small with great success adapting the acclaimed Robert Kirkman comic. One of the largest and only criticisms Darabont received was behind the scenes of the first season when word got out that he had fired the writing staff. He addressed the rumor once and for all saying:

"Let me just begin by stating the obvious: that it was all pretty overblown. It left the impression that I walked in one day and murdered 12 people. Would you like to know how many writers we were talking about? Two. My thought had been that they’d under-delivered, and a change was necessary. I had to do too much of it by myself last year, and that was only six episodes. This season, it’s 13 and we’ve hired a fantastic writing staff. We hired Glen Mazzara as our Number Two in the room. We consider him our head writer and he’s just a fantastic asset. We’ve also got three other staff writers in Scott Gimple, Evan Reilly from RESCUE ME, and Angela Kang. Plus Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, who wrote the original comic book, is also writing for us."