09/06/2013 05:45 pm ET

Carrie Preston Joins 'The Following': 'True Blood' Actress To Guest Star As Serial Killer Groupie


Arlene Fowler is trading vampires for serial killers.

According to E! Online, "True Blood" actress Carrie Preston has joined "The Following" as Judy, serial killer Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) groupie.

Preston's role is particularly interesting because by the end of Season 1 it looked like Joe Carroll was dead. But in a June interview, star Kevin Bacon didn't seem too convincing about it.

“You know, nobody in the show really has job security," he said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "He, uh, he disappeared -- I mean, he’s dead. Yeah. At the end of the season, he’s dead.”

Catch Carrie Preston on "The Following" when it returns to Fox this January.

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