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Kim Dickens

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Kim Dickens will battle zombies in The Walking Dead companion series, E! News has confirmed. The Gone Girl star will play a guidance counselor in the untitled spinoff set in Los Angeles.

The Walking Dead companion series picks up right at the start of the zombie apocalypse and also stars Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. According to Deadline, Curtis will play a divorced teacher and beau to Dickens' character. Dillane and Carey play her two kids from a previous relationship. And it wouldn't be a cable series without a character with a troubled past—expect some secrets to come back and haunt Dickens' character.

The pilot for the new series will feature scenes at a school and a hospital.

Dickens is no stranger to TV fans. She recently recurred on Sons of Anarchy and had roles on Treme, Friday Night Lights, Deadwood and Lost.

Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead comic book series and executive producer on the AMC series, will also serve as executive producer on the new series alongside Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Erickson will serve as showrunner should the pilot make it to series.

"There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I'm happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them," Kirkman said in a statement when AMC announced the pilot in September.

The pilot starts shooting in early 2015.

The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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