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You know we love a good zombie story. And while the genre can sometimes come across as formulaic, it also seems to be ever-evolving, particularly keeping in mind the forthcoming TV series Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore.

Barrymore has shed some light on what to expect from the Netflix originals series, set for a February 3 release. The actress and Timothy Olyphant (Justified) play a married couple living in a Los Angeles suburb, who are facing a not-so-typical struggle.

We don’t want to spoil anything, but Barrymore herself recently revealed what’s troubling the pair in an interview with USA Today. So, here it is: She dies in the series opener.

Oh, and we should mention, this is a comedy. There are many ways you might react to a family member’s death and subsequent undead makeover, but this couple keeps it business as usual, working as real estate agents, hosting open houses and looking after their teen daughter (Live Hewson).

But, of course, that can only last so long… “What if she finds herself, and we do this sort of Cro-Magnon type of evolution with her over the course of the 10 episodes,” says Barrymore referring to her character’s transformation. “No gimmicks, no prosthetics, just an awakening. I just really enjoyed just shedding a snakeskin with her, so it became a really fun obstacle that I wasn’t even planning for but seemed so conducive and fun and healthy for my own life.”

We’re intrigued to find out what, exactly, that means. What will we be left of her at the end of this “awakening?” Barrymore prefers to focus on the bright side of becoming undead, even using it to reflect on her own personal journey.

Showrunner Victor Fresco steps in to provide a little background on how Barrymore’s character became undead, saying in the same article, “Presumably, she has been exposed to something — although we don’t know what — which is making her feel a bit off.”

Well now, that’s an understatement. “Feeling a bit off,” probably doesn’t quite cut it if you wake up to find you’re dead. Or rather, undead.

If you’re at all worried that the entire show might be a bit understated, let Barrymore put your mind at rest. She reassures us that this isn’t a show just about a couple fighting. After all, who wants to sit through that? “It’s also got bite and backbone and balls.”

Drew! Such language. She said it, not us. But her final words do kind of sum it all up and help give us an idea of what to expect… grit and heart.

Do you have room in your life for more of the undead? 

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By Brigid Brown