Now that we finally know who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed in the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, the remaining survivors are left to cope with a whole new way of life. Last week's episode focused on two characters who weren't part of that horrific ordeal in the woods, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James), who have found The Kingdom and its leader, King Ezekiel. With next week's episode The Cell just a few days away, which will shift the focus back on Rick and his crew as they return to Alexandria, Lauren Cohan recently shed some light on Maggie's mindset for the rest of the season. If you aren't caught up with Season 7 quite yet, there will be major spoilers, so read on at your own risk.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Lauren Cohan, whose character Maggie seemed to be the only one who wanted to fight back after Negan killed her husband Glenn (Steven Yeun) in the Season 7 premiere. The episode ended with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) completely submitting to Negan, although the villain's actions lit a "crazy fuse" for Maggie. Here's what she had to say below.
"It's funny because Negan already sees that Maggie has submitted in a way because she's so physically crippled, and I think that once the worst has happened, then that surge of adrenaline comes and there's nothing she can do. And there's nothing left to do. There's no worse case scenario now. But what Negan's actions do to Maggie is light this crazy fuse. And we'll see that burn pretty strong. I think it's very Glenn that she gets up and insists on taking his body and she wants to protect him and give him a funeral that he deserves and that overcomes all the inhibition. And so Negan gives Maggie vengeance, and I don't think that she's a vengeful person, but It's going to be a really interesting push and pull this season. You'll see how she lives on in honor of Glenn and in vengeance of Negan, and it's a real war in her brain, and in protection of the baby. I really liked the fact that Glenn says, 'I'll find you,' because she takes him with her. It's difficult to even encapsulate the grief like that."
Over the past few seasons, Maggie has started evolving into a leader, especially after working with Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) in Alexandria. After suffering the brutal loss of her husband, Maggie insists on fighting Negan and the Saviors, with EW speculating that this could be her final step into becoming a "full-blown leader." Here's what Lauren Cohan had to say about Maggie's evolution as a leader.
"I think that she needs to cope and she needs to push forward, and it's just that next task that she can take. And as things go on, she needs to do right by people and honor her husband and take care of her child, and those things might become things that make a good person to look up to. But she's trying to do the right thing at this point, and she keeps him in her mind's eye, and she keeps her dad in her mind's eye, and she keeps her sister. We'll see Maggie being very pragmatic and what we all know by now is that those people need to live on in her, or otherwise it's all for naught, basically. But there's a lot of anger ahead in this road for the group and it's a very complex season. This fallout now is so heavy. It's really rich, and the places that we see everybody go, and the worlds everybody's going in to and how they're all dealing with losing Glenn and Abraham - it's the linchpin. I mean, there's been so much loss to this point, and this is just the entire house of cards."
The show has often been quite faithful to the comics, while also deviating from them quite a bit. For instance, during Negan's comic book introduction, he only kills Glenn, but in the series, he first kills Abraham, and kills Glenn after Daryl (Norman Reedus) tried a sneak attack. The show is approaching a comic book story line that involves Maggie and the Hilltop Colony, and while Lauren Cohan wouldn't offer any specific details, she did tease that Maggie will go on a "really interesting spiritual journey," and that, "Sasha and her are gonna be incredibly tight and they really need each other." The Walking Dead Season 7 continues with The Cell, airing Sunday, November 6 at 9 PM ET on AMC.