Ever since the entire writing staff of AMC’s The Walking Dead was fired—or quit, or wandered off in the middle of lunch, or whatever it is that actually happened—it’s been assumed that Frank Darabont was moving toward an entirely freelance model for crafting the show’s second season and beyond. But today Deadline reports that Darabont has chosen a new No. 2 in Glen Mazzara, a former writer and executive-producer on The Shield, Crash, and Hawthorne, and the scribe behind the first season’s penultimate “Wildfire” episode. Mazarra is reportedly assembling an all-new team of writers, suggesting the whole “the staff model just isn’t working out” intimations were just a nice way of saying that particular group wasn’t cutting it.

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