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Containment Cast Talks Walking Dead Comparisons and 'Waiting for the Zombie Reveal' — VIDEO

The CW’s upcoming viral outbreak series Containment is basically The Walking Dead with a huge twist — there are no zombies!

“It’s just dead,” star George Young explains to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello in the above video.

Whereas the AMC drama is pure fiction, the CW medical thriller (premiering next Tuesday at 9/8c) is “based on something real, grounded [and] that can actually happen,” Young adds. (Leading lady Claudia Black nonetheless concedes, “When I read the pilot, I was waiting for the zombie reveal. I was like, ‘This is a really amazing, subtle, sophisticated zombie story.'”)

While the cast welcomes the chance to play realistic life and death stakes, it comes with a downside: a gruesome end can’t be ruled out for any of the characters. (Job security? Pssh!)

“There’s several thousand people quarantined within the cordon” — including much of the main ensemble — “and all of those inside are certainly not safe by any stretch,” executive producer Matt Corman teases.

As for Containment‘s own life expectancy — it’s now being billed as a limited series event — EP Chris Ord says, “We’re looking at the first season as its own thing, but it’ll leave us room to go forward and do more.”

Press PLAY above for a preview of the dangerous drama, then hit the comments to let us know if you’ll be tuning in.