A lot of ongoing Walking Dead conversations are focused either on Carl's impending exit or on Morgan's impending arrival on Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, but let's all remember to celebrate Maggie's ascent to leadership in the face of all things Negan. Maggie's shit-starter of a midseason finale plan will certainly raise the All Out War's stakes, and actress Lauren Cohan talked about why her long-suffering character has now added impulsive revenge murder to her list of talents.
On The Walking Dead, characters sometimes do have hard times getting their points across, what with all the zombies and violent commotion underfoot. But as Maggie has shown us (likely not for the final time), a quick and effective way to earn others' attention is to execute someone, which is what she did with that wormy Savior Dean before sending the corpse to Negan as a warning message. It was an extremely ballsy move for a woman who just lost her husband to Negan and Lucille just a few weeks previous, and Lauren Cohan says it's all about getting Maggie to a headspace where she understands these horrifying acts are necessary to retain her role as the Hilltop's leader.
The whole "kill first and possibly entertain questions later" tactic is a familiar one for Rick and Daryl, two Team Family members who have rarely hesitated when lethal options were on the table. Maggie has, in the past, come across as someone who might prefer to hash things out with a conversation as opposed to a gun fight, but even such limited pleasantries are a thing of the past now. She's lost so much already, and she'll be damned if she's going to lose Hilltop so soon after witnessing and grasping its full potential as a safe haven. Things don't bode well for Gregory or his stupid face.
Thankfully, Maggie's harsher urges aren't going away when Season 8 returns. (And considering Angela Kang is taking over as showrunner for Season 9 and beyond, Maggie's role within the narrative will likely keep growing.) Here's what Lauren Cohan told EW that audiences can expect to see.
Maggie's gray morals should be good news to Rick and the rest of the protagonists, since brutal murder is increasingly becoming the only way to get things done in the post-apocalypse. (Carl helped Siddiq, and got zombie-bitten for his efforts, so I think we can all agree on what the show is trying to say here. Maybe.) Of course, Rick will likely now view Carl's untimely death in such a way that makes him more willing to seek out true peace for humanity, which would put him at odds with Maggie's new "life ain't so precious" outlook. It would be just like The Walking Dead to pit two good guys against each other while Negan is still a threat.
The Walking Dead will return to AMC for the back half of Season 8 on Sunday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows are debuting and returning soon, head to our midseason premiere schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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