The first half of the ninth season of “The Walking Dead” marked the departure of Andrew Lincoln and his Rick Grimes, and it was also the end of the road for Lauren Cohan‘s Maggie. Yes, Rick’s final episode was Maggie’s final episode, but AMC hardly even made that clear. The reason? Unlike Lincoln’s deal, Cohan’s has been left open for a future return to the show.
At the TCA’s winter press tour this week (via Deadline), Cohan herself commented on the rumors that she’ll eventually be returning to the hit zombie series.
“There may have been some conversations but everything is so early days ambiguous,” Cohan said during the press tour. “We’ll have to see what happens.”
As we learned last year, AMC is also working on a series of made-for-TV movies set in “The Walking Dead” universe, so even if Maggie doesn’t return to the show, she could always get her own movie. As for why Cohan left, that’s because she took a leading role on ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier,” a brand new series that’s set to premiere later this month, on February 24.
AMC programming president David Madden had said last year, “I would hope it’s not the last you’ll see of her for the show. We definitely feel there is more of Maggie’s story to tell. We did not, as you have seen, kill her off in 905. We established that she is out there somewhere. And that’s something we would like to pay off by having her return, if her schedule permits.”