The Walking Dead Companion Series Casts Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey

walkingdeadcompFrank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) are the first to have been cast in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” companion series, reports Deadline

Co-created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, the series will take place in the same zombie apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead” albeit in a different location and potentially at a different point in time. Erickson will serve as the showrunner for the new series which will be executive produced by Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

Adam Davidson will direct the series, also known as “Cobalt,” which is expected to revolve around a male divorced teacher and a female guidance counselor.

According to the site, Dillane will play the woman’s son, who has battled  drug problem, while Carey will play the woman’s ambitious daughter.

In related news, AMC has apologized to fans of “The Walking Dead” for posting a major spoiler on the series’ official Facebook page last night before the mid-season finale had even aired on the West Coast:

We heard your feedback to last night’s post, and we’re sorry. With zero negative intent, we jumped the gun and put up a spoiler. Please know we’re going to work to ensure that, in the future, possible spoilers by official AMC social feeds are killed before they can infect, certainly before the West Coast (U.S.) broadcast of The Walking Dead. As always, thank you for watching, and keep the comments coming. We appreciate all of your support. #RIPSpoiler

Although it may have upset viewers, there’s a good chance they’ll be back to watch again in February as last night’s episode set a new ratings record.

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