Despite the fact that Maggie has disappeared from the series for now, Lauren Cohan may well be back for The Walking Dead season 10. In fact, showrunner Angela Kang is planning on it. Season 9 has been a dramatic one for fans of AMC's hit zombie drama, as Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes has left the show for good, they've taken a massive leap forward in time and Maggie is gone as well. But only for the time being, as Kang has revealed in a recent interview.
Things got rocky when it came to Lauren Cohan's future on the show when contract negotiations didn't go as planned earlier this year. As a result, the actress booked the lead on a new show, Whiskey Cavalier, which is set to air on ABC. As such, Maggie needed to be written off of The Walking Dead. But Angela Kang has confirmed in a recent interview that they are actively discussing the character's return for season 10. Here's what she had to say about it.
"We will hopefully come back to Maggie's story in Season 10. Lauren and I have been texting about some things, and we're hopefully gonna schedule a conversation, but Georgie's group is definitely out there in world doing some stuff, and I have some notion of what they're up to. They may also be part of the universe in general. That's really up to Scott, but we'll see how it all plays out."
Scott Gimple, former showrunner of the series, has been promoted to oversee the entire Walking Dead universe for AMC. That includes a trilogy of movies starring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. Angela Kang, meanwhile, is in charge of the flagship series, which is a huge responsibility. To that point, Kang also revealed that she's so confident that Maggie will be back that she hasn't really come up with a contingency plan, as far as next season's story goes.
"It's funny, on the show we often do that just no matter what the circumstances are. We often go down multiple paths before we kind of decide on something, but I'm operating off of the idea that hopefully we'll get Lauren back. We've certainly been talking about it, so we'll see, but yeah."
That's a risky move, but one that could pay off. The show's ratings have continued to decline in Rick's absence, hitting a new series-low recently. Bringing back Lauren Cohan as Maggie at some point down the line could be a way to boost the show's numbers, if only for a brief time. And considering the network intends to keep this universe going for an entire decade, they're going to need solid ratings to justify such lofty plans. In any event, it looks like we haven't seen the last of Maggie. The Walking Dead season 9 continues Sundays on AMC. This news was first reported by Comicbook.com.