Maggie's absence from The Walking Dead may prove to be short-lived, as the character's return to the zombie apocalypse is already being worked on. This, according to showrunner Angela Kang, who isn't willing to reveal too much about Lauren Cohan's possible return to the hit series, but is at least willing to say those talks are being had. But is this really possible? And, if so, how might it go down? Before digging into that, here's what Kang had to say about it in a recent interview
"I'm not sure if I can say much about it right now actually. I'll just say that we're working on it."
Not much to work with there, but it's enough to give fans hope. It's also enough to give us fuel for speculation. Lauren Cohan exited the series during season 9. However, the powers that be didn't kill her off. Instead, they managed to explain away her absence when the time jump occurred following Andrew Lincoln's departure as Rick Grimes. It both allowed for the show to move on without her, while also at least leaving the door cracked open for her possible return down the road.
As for why Lauren Cohan left the show in the first place? There are a couple of key reasons. It all started with contract negotiations. Cohan was locked in a tense situation with AMC regarding her pay for the series. Apparently, the network didn't want to pay her what Cohan felt she was worth. So, without a long-term deal in place, Cohan booked the lead on NBC's Whiskey Cavalier. With that, she wasn't able to appear on both shows, given that the schedule just simply wouldn't allow for it.
But, Whiskey Cavalier has been canceled after just one season and now Lauren Cohan has a lot more possible free time on her hands. Time she could fill with a return to The Walking Dead. There are a couple of problems that would need to be overcome though. Not the least of which is Cohan agreeing to financial terms with AMC. Beyond that, season 10 of the series had already been mapped out and has already kicked off production without Maggie as part of the plan. Can the writers find a way to work her in later on in the season? It's certainly not impossible. Or maybe she'll return in season 11, assuming that ends up happening.
There are other options. Lauren Cohan previously teased the possibility of her character leading a spin-off. But that also seems unlikely at this point. There's also the trilogy of Walking Dead movies that will center on Rick Grimes. Maybe Maggie could show up there somehow? Last, but certainly not least, we've got a new untitled spin-off series set to arrive next year, which will center on the first generation of survivors who have grown up in the zombie-filled wasteland. Whatever the case, there's at least some hope Maggie could return in the future. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.