Two pivotal roles from the upcoming second season of "The Walking Dead" have been filled.
According to TV Guide, Scott Wilson has been cast as a farmer named Hershel Greene, with Lauren Cohan also coming on board as Hershel's daughter, Maggie.
Wilson is a veteran actor with several films to his credit, including "The Right Stuff," "The Host," "In Cold Blood," "In The Heat of The Night," "Dead Man Walking" and "Young Guns II." Wilson has also made guest appearances on the television series "Justified" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Cohan is best known for playing Bela Talbot (pictured above) on "Supernatural" and for her role as Rose on "The Vampire Diaries." She has previously appeared in "Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj," "Young Alexander The Great," "Death Race 2." "Cold Case," "CSI: New York" and "Modern Family." Cohan also had a recurring role on the fourth season of "Chuck."
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Earlier this month, Pruitt Taylor Vince ("The Mentalist") signed on to play Otis, a farmhand who leads the survivors to Hershel's farm after accidentally shooting one of their number. A number of episodes will reportedly take place at Hershel's farm. And while Hershel initially has a large family to take care of, if the show remains true to the comic book, tragedy will strike more than once.
"[Hershel] is the patriarch of the family," explained "Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, while speaking with TV Guide. "He's a veterinarian with a great sense of humanity and a very unique take on the Walkers."
As in the original comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, Hershel's daughter Maggie will go on to explore a romantic relationship with one of the other survivors.
"[Maggie is] in her twenties and is a survivor who ends up as a romantic interest for Glenn (Steven Yuen)," added Hurd. "Steven's very excited!"
"The Walking Dead" will return to AMC this fall, with the second season expected to premiere in October.
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