Maggie’s not gone yet. After a period of contractual uncertainty during which actress Lauren Cohan could’ve chosen to leave The Walking Dead for pilot season or hold out for more money than the show was willing to pay, the portrayer of one of the series’ most-developed characters is returning for a ninth season.
Appearing at CinemaCon alongside many other reveals, Cohan confirmed her return to the long-running zombie drama. She was the last major star to be signed on for the season, with fans on social media advocating for the network to simply pay whatever she was demanding.
It could’ve been that the network gave into her needs, or that the ABC pilot of Whiskey Cavalier — a CIA show — didn’t prove as promising as it seemed before she filmed it. The latter has yet to receive a series order from the network, which could mean that Cohan’s returning to her bread-and-butter to exact revenge for Glenn or that she’s simply biding her time before the codename-happy show films for a later debut date.
Regardless, we have the confirmation thanks to EW: “I’m going back," Cohan said. “There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.” The crux of that story, whether she stays for a long while or just long enough to see it through, is her admonishment of Rick for not killing Negan. That’s one set-up, both fiery in its rage between allies and rage at the series’ most vicious killer, that must be paid off before Cohan even thinks of departing.