The Walking Dead has promoted Lauren Cohan from featured actor to series regular for Season 3, which will debut this fall.

Lauren Cohan plays Maggie, the fierce daughter of former farm owner Hershel, who serves as a love interest for fan favorite Glenn, played by Steven Yeun. The actress will have a larger presence in the upcoming episodes, replacing some of the fallen survivors, including Shane and Dale, who did not make it off the farm last season.

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In the comic book upon which the series is based, Maggie proves herself to be a strong leader, and a faithful partner to Glenn.

Season 3 will consist of 16 episodes split into two separate runs of 8 episodes apiece, which find our lost group taking refuge in an old prison.