Maggie Greene is coming back to The Walking Dead after all. Reports surfaced earlier this year that revealed actress Lauren Cohan, who portrays Maggie on the hit AMC series, didn't have a new deal in place for next season and that negotiations were taking place, but it wasn't looking good. However, it's all been worked out as Cohan has revealed that she will indeed be returning for The Walking Dead season 9. Here's what she had to say about it.
"I'm going back. There's a lot more Maggie story to tell."
The actress made the reveal at CinemaCon in Las Vegas while promoting her new movie Mile 22, which co-stars Mark Wahlberg. The Walking Dead season 8 finale set up Maggie as a potentially major part of the upcoming season, so it makes sense that she's returning. Lauren Cohan was holding out for a better contract from the network and it looks like whatever went on behind the scenes managed to satisfy all parties involved. As for what to expect next season? Cohan couldn't say much, be she promises it's good.
"You know we're not allowed to tell you anything, but it's good."
Doubts about Lauren Cohan's return escalated when it was revealed that she booked the lead on ABC's pilot, Whiskey Cavalier. Apparently, that won't be getting in the way. This comes at a time when many women in Hollywood are actively fighting to be paid and treated the same as their male counterparts. Khary Payton, who plays Ezekiel on The Walking Dead, stook up for Cohan on social media while the negotiations were going on, simply saying, "pay the woman." From AMC's standpoint, they obviously would want to keep Maggie part of the show until her arc concludes naturally, but there are many factors at play here.
Many of the stars of The Walking Dead have been with the show for a long time and, as such, they are looking to be paid accordingly. And the show has been a massive hit, so they should reasonably expect as much. But AMC has seen a steady decline in ratings over the past two seasons. Heading into The Walking Dead season 9, that may have factored into what the network is willing to or can spend to keep the show going at this level. Still, even with the ratings drop, it's one of the biggest shows on TV.
The Walking Dead season 9 begins filming next week and big changes are on the way. Scott M. Gimple, former showrunner of the series who now oversees the whole Walking Dead universe, has promised that things will be very different next season, as the season 8 finale served as a conclusion to that larger story. It almost sounds like we're in for a very soft reboot of sorts. That could very well have to do with AMC wanting to win back some viewers. Whatever happens next season, Lauren Cohan is going to be a part of it. This news comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.