“The Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan has confirmed she will be returning for the show’s upcoming ninth season.
“I’m going back,” Cohan said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly at CinemaCon. “There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.”
Lauren Cohan also played coy on what fans can expect from Maggie in Season 9, saying, “You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it’s good.” Fans of the series will recall that the Season 8 finale set up a dark turn for Maggie going into the next season.
Cohan has co-starred in AMC’s hit zombie thriller as survivor/widow Maggie since Season 2. But Cohan hasn’t officially signed on for a ninth season, and she’s already booked a starring role in ABC’s fall pilot Whiskey Cavalier, alongside Scott Foley, though whether or not that show will get picked up to series is uncertain. Sources say the actress fielded multiple offers for lead roles this pilot season.
If “Whiskey Cavalier” moves forward as a fall show, it is possible Cohan could return to “The Walking Dead” on a recurring basis. However, should the ABC show get picked up as a midseason series, Cohan could potentially star in both it and “The Walking Dead,” as the shooting schedules would not overlap.
It appears Lauren Cohan has signed on to return to The Walking Dead for Season 9, which starts filming next week. A good thing, too, because Maggie’s role changed significantly at the end of Season 8; that finale set up a major bit of conflict that will drive a fair share of the drama in the episodes ahead.
Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” will also see Angela Kang take over as showrunner, with former showrunner Scott M. Gimple moving into the newly-created position of chief content officer, overseeing the entire “Walking Dead” television universe