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Fear the Walking Dead: AMC show casts Mercedes Mason as series regular

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Fear the Walking Dead‘s fight for survival grew Thursday. Mercedes Mason (ChuckThe Finder) has been added as a series regular to the companion program to AMC’s flagship franchise Walking Dead.

Her role is unknown to this point, but akin to the recently cast Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black)—which EW exclusively reported last week—Mason will likely first appear after the debut episode, as the pilot has already been shot. She fleshes out the main cast, which includes Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, and Frank Dillane.

Creator Robert Kirkman has previously said Fear the Walking Dead will be set in Los Angeles—away from Georgia—and also confirmed the story will start earlier than the original series—before the walker outbreak begins, although Fear the Walking Dead will catch up to the timing of the events in the parent program.

The premiere season will run this summer, while the already ordered season 2 will arrive in 2016.