Walker: Independence Star Katherine McNamara Signals Filming Start

Set in the late 1800s, The CW's Walker: Independence follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara), an affluent Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West. On her quest for revenge, Abby crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr), a lovable rogue in search of purpose. Abby and Hoyt's journey takes them to Independence, Texas, where they encounter diverse, eclectic residents running from their own troubled pasts and chasing their dreams, all while becoming agents of change themselves in the small town. That's what we learned about the prequel spinoff from the Jared Padalecki-starring series back in May, but now two months later? Well, it looks like McNamara had some news to share that she was sure fans would want to hear- and she's right. Because in the post that you're about to see, McNamara is surrounded by Barr and other members of the cast to officially announce the start of filming.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 19: (L-R) Jared Padalecki, Katherine McNamara, Matt Barr, Justin Johnson Cortez, Philemon Chambers, Katie Findlay, and Lawrence Kao from "Walker: Independence" speak onstage during The CW Network's 2022 Upfront Presentation at New York City Center on May 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The CW)

Now here's a look at McNamara's Instagram post from earlier today signaling the start of filming on the prequel series:

Now here's a look at the official season trailer and overview for The CW's Walker: Independence, airing Thursdays this beginning on October 6th:

Set in the late 1800s, an origin story of The CW's current hit series "Walker", WALKER INDEPENDENCE follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara, "Arrow"), an affluent and tough-minded Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West. After crossing paths with Calian (Justin Johnson Cortez, "911: Lone Star"), a curious Apache tracker, Abby arrives in the town of Independence, Texas, where she encounters diverse and eclectic residents running from their pasts, chasing their dreams, and keeping their own secrets, including Kate Carver (Katie Findlay, "The Carrie Diaries"), an idiosyncratic burlesque dancer with perhaps too keen an interest in Abby's origins, and Kai (Lawrence Kao, "Wu Assassins"), a soulful Chinese immigrant who runs a local restaurant/laundry and offers Abby friendship without agenda.

Abby also literally runs into Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr, "Walker"), a slippery rogue, thief, and con artist with a dented heart of gold who quickly eyes Abby as a mark, until she turns the tables on him. In seeking justice for her husband, Abby encounters Independence's noble deputy sheriff, Augustus (Philemon Chambers, "Single All the Way"), and his new boss, Sheriff Tom Davidson (Greg Hovanessian, "Another Life"), who she has reason to believe is a very bad man indeed. Abby and Hoyt soon find themselves precariously aligned, both seeking to uncover the truth about the identity of Abby's husband's killer, and vow to save Independence – a frontier boomtown where nothing is what it seems.

Walker: Independence Star Katherine McNamara Signals Filming Start
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The CW's Walker: Independence is from CBS Studios with a teleplay written by Seamus Kevin Fahey from a story co-written by him and Anna Fricke of Pursued By a Bear. Both serve as executive producers along with Jared Padalecki, Dan Lin, and Lindsey Liberatore of Rideback and Laura Terry of Pursued by a Bear. Larry Teng serves as executive producer and director on the pilot.

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