News that Lauren Cohan is receiving offers for other shows is unsettling for The Walking Dead fans. Losing Maggie would be a major loss for the show.
By now you might have read that The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan has been receiving offers for other shows. Her contract expires at the end of season 8 and as of this writing has not been renewed. While the news is disturbing, there’s really no cause for alarm until we hear that Cohan is leaving from her own mouth. (Or, in the case of Sonequa Martin-Green, we learn that she lands the lead in a new show and can surmise that her days on The Walking Dead are numbered). Losing Maggie would be a major blow for The Walking Dead at this particular point, and that’s what’s really disconcerting about the news.
Maggie has grown quite a bit from when fans first met her back in season 2. Back then she was living on her father’s farm, and though we occasionally caught a glimpse of her rebellious side, she was still Daddy’s girl.
Life on the road shaped Maggie. She fell in love, lost her father and sister, learned to be a fighter and a leader, got pregnant and lost her husband. She has barely had time to grieve his loss before dedicating herself to the Hilltop as their chosen leader.
In short, Maggie’s arc might just be the most dramatic of them all.
In the midseason finale Maggie was confronted with a difficult decision: Kill one of the Savior POWs or risk losing control of them. She made the tough choice to kill one of them to prove to Simon and Negan that she’s not messing around. That’s what happens when you become a leader, and she shouldered the burden with her head held high.
With All Out War winding down over the course of 8B, I really want to see Maggie rise up and become that leader. Sure, she’ll have to step away from being the leader for a while when the baby arrives, but she still has about two trimesters left before Baby Rhee forces her to step back.
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In short, there’s a lot to look forward to with Maggie’s character. Now would be a horrible time to lose Lauren Cohan because things are really building for Maggie and it would be a shame not to see it all come to fruition. There’s still a lot of time for Cohan’s contract to be negotiated and you can bet it’s something that we’ll all be watching carefully in the coming weeks.