Yeah, so apparently, The Walking Dead showrunning Frank Darabont has canned the show’s entire writing staff. In season 2, any episodes not written by Darabont will be farmed out to freelance writers.
Listen, all I do is watch TV; I know next to nothing about how it’s produced and created. That being said, this sounds like a really stupid idea. Not all the writing in the show has been great; at times it’s been silly, cliched, and wooden. But the last couple of episodes have hit a stride, and I’m sure as the writing staff continued to work with each other, things would have continued to improve. Is it really a good idea to farm out scripts of a show (a show with a very particular theme and continuous story) to a group of disparate freelancers who may not be interacting or bouncing ideas off of each other? Unless Darabont is going to write the lionshare of episodes in season 2, this sounds like a recipe for inconsistency and disjointedness.
But what do I know?