Next season’s series is scheduled for 13 episodes, and rumor has it that the scripts will be written by freelancers. Maybe the goal is to move the series back to the comic book version of the tale. It could also mean that Darabont intends to do the bulk of the writing.
Without staff writers “The Walking Dead” could become the “The Ratings Dead”. The audience will quickly fatigue of shambling undead without a good story line. If we want to watch a group of brainless animated bodies stumbling around, we would watch cspan.