After months of rumors and speculation, the fate of one of The Walking Dead‘s main characters is no longer a mystery. Lauren Cohan is set to return to the series as Maggie Rhee for its upcoming ninth season.
Cohan confirmed her return with Entertainment Weekly during CinemaCon telling them, “I’m going back. There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.”
Concerns about a possible exit for Cohan arose earlier this year when it was revealed that there was a payment dispute with her contract as she sought equal pay to co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, the highest paid of the cast. Further fear came when it was announced that Cohan had picked up a role in a pilot for ABC, leading many to wonder if she truly was going to leave the series.
In her confirmation though, Cohan does not make it clear that if she’s truly coming back in a series regular role that she has filled over the years or if it might be a more recurring type role allowing room for this pilot and any series that could come from it at ABC.
Previous, and long-running, showrunner Scott M. Gimple has left that role on the series to move to a position to oversee the entire franchise allowing for writer Angela Kang to be promoted to showrunner for season nine. Reportedly under Kang and others, the show is set for a massive shift now that the war with Negan is over, likely to follow the comic books and jump forward a significant amount of time from the end of the war.
As the leader of the Hilltop, and engaged in some other very possibly important aspects of the upcoming season, Maggie is a very important character to the series so it makes sense that the two parties have come to some sort of agreement. We’re likely to find out that arrangement at some point, likely closer to the fall when the show will return.
Either way, fans can be assured that we’ll not be left dangling when it comes to the future of Maggie Rhee.