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Having landed a lead role on Whiskey Cavalier, Lauren Cohan’s departure from The Walking Dead in Season 9 seemed permanent. In October, however, the news out of New York Comic Con was that Cohan would return to The Walking Dead as a series regular in Season 11. But, it looks like she’ll be returning as Maggie Rhee way earlier than expected.
Lauren Cohan’s Maggie Rhee, whose husband Glenn (Steven Yeun) was brutally killed by the villainous Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in Season 7, left the show five episodes into The Walking Dead’s Season 9. Maggie was last seen leaving the Hilltop six years in the future. However, the early cancellation of ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier made it possible for Cohan to return to the AMC show.
Now, according to The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang, Lauren Cohan could return as early as midway through Season 10.
We may see her at some other point this season, but I don’t want to say too much about anything.
That’s much earlier than anticipated. After all, Lauren Cohan wasn’t supposed to be back full time until Season 11. Speaking with EW, Angela Kang also explains that her return has been in the works for a while now.
I personally love LC so much. She’s just such a warm, wonderful, funny presence around the set. We’ve been saying for a while that the goal was always to figure out when we can continue her story, and there were a lot of logistics that need to be worked out. Maybe it felt like to fans nothing was happening and it was all lies. But behind the scenes there have been conversations all along, and so I could not personally be more excited that it all is finally worked out. It’s going to be some fun stuff.
Even though Maggie’s been gone for more than a season, The Walking Dead, which also saw the departure of Danai Gurira’s Michonne, has consistently referenced her character and Angela Kang says that was done on purpose.
The idea that Maggie’s kind of out there in the world up to things and that they’re thinking about her has been seeded in for a while. So she’s definitely on our characters’ minds as they’re dealing with all this stuff going on and realizing that some of the people that are really capable and wonderful that they love are just out there and inaccessible to them at the moment.
Regardless of how Lauren Cohan’s return as Maggie will occur, I’m sure Angela Kang and the rest of the writers will have something great in store for her and her storyline.
There’s still no word yet on when the Rick Grimes movie will begin production and no release date or title has been given. In the meantime, fans can continue watching The Walking Dead Season 10 (and maybe see Lauren Cohan's Maggie) on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.