Even though The Walking Dead isn't ending for a while AMC has announced that it will conclude with season 11. For Lauren Cohan, who is gearing up to make her return as Maggie, this is a bittersweet thing. But since we still have over a year left with the show, Cohan isn't ready to break out the tissues just yet.
AMC recently aired The Walking Dead Universe Preview Special. It served as a showcase for all of the upcoming shows within the universe. Speaking with Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, Lauren Cohan shared her feelings on the recent announcement that the long-running series is ending. Here's what she had to say about it.
"I mean, bittersweet, of course. When you really, really love a show, it's quite exciting to know that it's actually ending, and it sort of creates this kind of community... and now we can kind of all be together when it's ending. [It creates] a mixed bag of emotions. Part of me was like, 'Cool, we're having this actual ending to this massive show.' The show is ending, but we still have two calendar years worth of stuff to film. So it's not really going to feel real to anybody yet. Check-in with me in like 19 months and bring a box of tissues."
The good news is Maggie will finally be coming back to The Walking Dead with this weekend's episode A Certain Doom. This was originally going to be the season 10 finale but it was delayed due to the production shutdown earlier in the year. AMC then decided to give season 10 an additional six episodes, which will air next year. Also speaking on the special, showrunner Angela Kang expressed her excitement to have Lauren Cohan back.
"It's so exciting to have Lauren back with us. We've been saying for a long time that we wanted to tell more story with Maggie, that we have things in the works, and we were trying to figure it out, so it's really exciting to get into this new chapter."
Maggie will also be part of The Walking Dead season 11 once it gets underway. Aside from the main series, AMC has announced a new spin-off that will focus on Daryl and Carol. Additionally, there is an anthology series in the works titled Tales of the Walking Dead. Plus, Andrew Lincoln is set to return as Rick Grimes in a trilogy of movies. So there is plenty of gas left in the tank as the network looks to expand the scope of the universe, which is based on Robert Kirkman's Image Comics series.
Aside from A Certain Doom, the new spin-off The Walking Dead: World Beyond is also set to air this Sunday, October 4. The new show has been described as a two-season, limited event series. It focuses on the first generation of survivors to grow up during the zombie apocalypse. You can check out the full Walking Dead Universe Preview Special over at AMC.com.