She told SFX that the network had trusted the creators of the programme and had not interfered in the production process.
"From the very beginning they were completely on board," she claimed. "They're known as a network that trusts the creators. I think that's why their shows are so unique and they don't feel generic. There's nothing on AMC that feels generic. And it’s also why it was very important - not only to us but to AMC - that [writer of the original comic] Robert Kirkman be involved."
Hurd confirmed that the show will expand and change elements from the comic series in order to surprise fans.
"We're departing enough," she said. "We've been reading, I admit, blogs, and people think they know where the first six episodes will end. But we're shaking that up a bit."
She also dismissed the idea that the television adaptation could outpace the original comic.
"Robert's got 75 issues," she argued. "Let’s say in a year... the maximum we'd have was 19 [episodes]. I don't think we’re gonna get to that point. He told me he's already got 250 [issues] in his mind, so if we do catch up, we haven't outstripped what he's already thought about."
The Walking Dead will air in October on AMC.