Zombie 101: KSU Instructor appears in "The Walking Dead"

KENNESAW — The real-life experience Beth Keener shares with her students includes days of…

Georgia (Nov 2, 2015)KENNESAW — The real-life experience Beth Keener shares with her students includes days of trying to outrun the living dead.


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A part-time instructor with Kennesaw State University’s Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, Keener this summer was on the set of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Fans of the show this month saw her as Annie, one of the residents of Alexandria, the town Rick Grimes and his group of survivors moved into during season five.

Keener has appeared in two episodes this month — the show’s Oct. 11 season premiere and the latest episode on Oct. 25. Her scenes for those episodes were shot in and around Senoia at the end of May and June, with her and other cast members brought back in July for pickup shots — scenes re-shot due to script rewrites, problems with previous shots and other factors.

“We paraded around in the woods for a while down there,” she said. “I think in total, I was probably on set 13, 14 days overall,” Keener said.

Spoiler alert: Keener’s character fell victim to the zombies — usually referred to in the “Walking Dead” universe as “walkers” — in the latest episode, titled “Thank You.”

But “Dead” fans haven’t seen the last of Keener. Those attending this weekend’s zombie-focused Walker Stalker Con Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center may see Keener on the job. She was recruited to host the convention’s documentary last year, and will go along with the same documentary crew again this year.

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