The producer told Comic Book Resources that she hopes the show will continue beyond its initial six-episode run.
"We have to get through these first six episodes and then we'll take a breath, the series will launch, and hopefully we'll get extended to a second season," she explained. "In which case, we get the opportunity to take it to 13 episodes."
She promised that producer/director Frank Darabont is committed to the long-term future of the series.
"You've never seen someone as committed as Frank is to this," she said. "He isn't directing... all [of the second season]. He isn't directing all of [the first season], either. There's really no time to do all of that on this kind of schedule, because he's very heavily involved not only in the writing but also in the editorial process."
Hurd also revealed that she was pleased to be the launching The Walking Dead within AMC's 'FearFest' line of programming.
"It's actually their highest rating block of programming in terms of viewers, with classic genre films. We're launching in that window and it's actually the perfect time," she said.
The Walking Dead debuts on AMC in October.