There's another reason beside Fearfest why AMC would want to premiere the second season of "The Walking Dead" only in October 2011. According to a report by Deadline, showrunner Frank Darabont is considering to lay off its writing staff, including his right-hand man Charles "Chic" Eglee, and go with freelancers.
The unusual move is prompted by the fact that he ended up writing first two episodes in season 6 and co-writing as well as rewriting the other 4. Additionally, two of the four were written by non-staff writers which include executive producer/comic book writer Robert Kirkman and "Hawthorne" writer Glen Mazzara.
However, things are not yet confirmed because this kind of move, which is common in the U.K., may create trouble with Writers Guild. Plus this move can also backfire because the first season only has 6 episodes while the second season received 13 episodes order, which can prove to be too much to handle with no writing staff.
While awaiting decision, fans of the zombie show can look forward to the release of season 1 DVD and Blu-ray in Spring 2011. This further fuels the speculation that AMC is indeed launching the new season only in Fall because networks traditionally release DVD of the previous season near to the new season's premiere. AMC may want to tide fans over with this release.
A rep of AMC said in mid October that they have not decided anything yet. The season finale is airing this Sunday, December 5.