Walking Dead Star Emily Kinney Is Returning To TV In Masters Of Sex

Life after The Walking Dead has been pretty good for Emily Kinney, who formerly played Beth on the hit AMC series. The actress nabbed a gig on the now-defunct series Forever soon after leaving the zombie drama and now she’s booked a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Weirdly, she’ll go from playing a hopeful young woman trying to survive in a zombie-infested world to playing a sex surrogate.

So far, we don’t know a ton about Emily Kinney’s upcoming role. We do know she will be playing Nora, a twenty-something who lives next to Bill and Libby Masters. She learns about Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson’s work and signs on as a surrogate as the two researchers move forward with new hypotheses and studies. The Wrap says Kinney will appear in Season 3 for multiple episodes. We also know that 12 episodes are being produced for the new season, but we don’t know when Kinney’s role will commence.

We do know Kinney won’t be appearing in the Season 3 premiere. Showtime made the episode available to watch online for free just a few days ago, and Kinney isn’t involved. We do know the new episodes are set in the latter half of the sixties, five or so years after the events in Season 2. The first episode focuses on the unconventional relationship Bill and Libby Masters have cultivated with Virginia Johnson. In addition, their children are growing older and family drama on the series is more pronounced. You can check out the episode in full, below.

In addition to Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan and Caitline Fitzgerald, Beau Bridges will also be back for Season 3. In terms of new cast members, Kinney is certainly not the first person to be cast. Maggie Grace is set to guest star on the series, and Josh Charles, Tate Donovan and Julie Ann Emery have all signed on in recurring roles.

Regardless of all the new faces, it’s kind of exciting that Kinney has landed the gig. The fan-favorite Walking Dead actress has had no trouble finding work in the months since her tenure on the hit show ended. As noted prior, she popped up in Forever and also had a pretty sweet gig on the CW’s The Flash. Currently, another role on The Knick is also in the cards for the actress, although that hasn’t hit the schedule, yet. Now, all she needs to do is find another long-term gig to satisfy her most loyal fans. We’ll let you know if and when it happens.

For now, catch new episodes of Masters of Sex when it officially premieres on Showtime on July 12 at 10 p.m. ET.

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