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Lauren Cohan Talks The Walking Dead Finale & Rumors About That Zombie Baby

image REFINERY 29 – According to her grandmother, Lauren Cohan should start carrying a gun. “She’s old-school,” explains Cohan, who plays Maggie, a weapon-slinging survivor of the zombie apocalypse on The Walking Dead. In her grandmother’s view, it’s a simple way to add a layer of security. Adopting her elder’s throaty voice, Cohan mimics the suggestion to bear arms. “‘Just put it in your glove box. You’re driving. I mean, sometimes you’re in the middle of nowhere. Put it in your glove box.’” Cohan laughs. She has no plans to pack heat outside of her fictional fight against the undead.


The only weapon in the British actress’ arsenal today is a bunch of Carved Turkey sandwiches from Subway. In partnership with the franchise and the GOOD + Foundation, Cohan’s spending this April day delivering food to families in need in New York City. In person, Cohan is breezy. She talks about her grandfather, a quirky artist, and notes that she is considering creating a one-woman show inspired by him. When she can’t think of a word that’s on the tip of her tongue, she bends over the table, arms outstretched. “Surplus!” she cries when she finally remembers the word for having extras of something. “Thank you!” And she laughs — a lot.


Since she’ll be popping up all over New York today, Cohan’s expecting to encounter at least a few excited fans. And she knows she can’t log face time with them without stepping into a direct line of questioning about The Walking Dead and the fate of its characters after the April 3 season 6 finale.


“They’re definitely gonna ask who Negan killed. I’m expecting that,” Cohan says, sitting poised at a table in a Manhattan office conference room, where she’s giving interviews before heading out to help local families. And what will she tell these fans? “It’s both ‘I can’t say’ and ‘I don’t know,’” she says. “A lot of the sound effects you hear in the show that everybody’s sort of trying to deconstruct — we didn’t even know who else was making screaming cries or who was saying what because it was all recorded afterwards in sound booths, individually.” All she’ll concede is that come October, there will be a “resolution.”


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The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan Defends Painful Cliffhanger and Teases Explosive Return


ET – Lucille was swung, the credits rolled, and the dust is far from settled on The Walking Dead.


Nearly two weeks have passed since the AMC hit wrapped up season six with a massive cliffhanger, leaving viewers to obsess over who was on the receiving end of Negan’s murderous bat attack for the next six months, and fans are still pretty peeved with the creative decision to offer up no resolution. Such a negative reaction may have lesser shows concerned over whether their audience will abandon them out of frustration, but this is the No. 1 show on cable we’re talking about here. And star Lauren Cohan thinks the reaction from fans is all part of the viewing process.


“I think the reaction is almost in keeping with the emotional peaks and troughs that the show takes us through. I’m really glad that the show is coming back with information. It’s not like people are being left hanging and it’s the end of the series or anything,” the actress told E! News. “So, I would say it’s really a testament to people’s dedication, but I feel like this is going to be the longest six months. I really do feel the pain of it.”


As Cohan sees it, this sort of agony is what we come to the AMC hit looking for. “It’s brutal. It’s so brutal. But this is a brutal show. I feel like we’re all kind of communally addicted to the stress experience that we have watching the show and then the release of seeing people make it out of situations,” she added. “So, we’ll definitely be having a big resolution when we come back, right off the bat, so that should be of some relief to people. But I know how painful the cliffhanger is.”


And as for what’s coming next—and who won’t be back—Cohan would only admit that the cast has “some idea” of what’s in store. “But we also don’t have any black and white clarity for ourselves,” she added.


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‘The Walking Dead’ Actress Lauren Cohan on Maggie’s Precarious Future

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she says of the Season 6 cliffhanger



WS Journal – Lauren Cohan’s job is in jeopardy.


That might sound odd. Cohan is a star on one of the most popular shows on television, playing Maggie Greene on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The show wrapped up its sixth season, however, with a cliffhanger: The core group of Alexandrians is captured by a new group of enemies. The villain Negan murders one of them. Nobody know who it was, not even Cohan.


The stakes are even higher for Maggie. She is pregnant, and suffering from some kind of severe pain in her abdomen. The last anybody sees of her, she looks like the cause of that pain alone might kill her. For somebody who doesn’t know if their job will exist in a few months, Cohan was in a good mood.


On Thursday, we caught up with Cohan, who was in Manhattan making an appearance at a local Subway restaurant to publicize the launch of its carved-turkey sandwich, as well as on behalf of the charity Good+. The actress, who was born in New Jersey, has been splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York lately, and as part of that she wanted to be involved in a local charity here. Cohan is friends with Jessica Seinfeld, who started the charity, and liked its goals, which aims to offer assistance to impoverished families with young children. Subway had pledged to give away food and gift certificates. Cohan makes it a goal to find a charity to work with wherever she’s living.


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Rick’s Plan of Attack on The Walking Dead Just Failed Spectacularly, Because Of Course

E ONLINE – And it was all going so well.


Remember last week on The Walking Dead when Maggie (Lauren Cohan) was convinced that the deal she brokered with the Hilltop to take out Negan and the Saviors would cost her people something? We knew she wasn’t wrong. We just didn’t know it might be her who does they paying.


The plan of attack tonight was one hell of a risk from the jump: Find a walker with a face as similar to Gregory’s (Xander Berkeley) as possible, remove head from walker, trick the Saviors into believing said head is Gregory’s, attack and kill all Saviors. What could’ve possibly gone wrong?


Who knew it would be that final step in the plan that would prove the hardest? They found a walker with relative ease, were able to trick the Saviors at the door to Negan’s compound with it after some helpful face-mangling courtesy of Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) fist, and managed to take out a handful of sleeping Saviors with relative ease (aside from the moral murkiness of it all). But then lovesick Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) had to bungle the plan by failing to keep an eye on all doors while the object of his affection, Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), was prying a locked door open. A Savior found them, pulled a fire alarm in the ensuing knife battle, and all hell broke loose.


Just when day had broken and our guys thought they’d won out, their worst nightmare was realized: Carol (Melissa McBride) and pregnant Maggie, who were keeping watch on the perimeter of the compound during the attack, were somehow abducted when the crap hit the fan. And something tells us when all is said and done, both of them won’t be walking out of Negan’s lair—alive, that is.


Let’s talk for a moment about how Jesus (Tom Payne) and Andy (Jeremy Palko) reacted when Rick punched in the face of that severed head. “The Saviors, they’re scary, but those pricks, they’ve got nothing on you,” Andy told him, as he stared in utter disbelief. Rick and his people essentially became ruthless murderers tonight, blurring the line on who is good and who is bad in this new world. Yes, we’re rooting for these people because we’ve been with them longer and we’ve been told Negan and his gang murder, as well. But, really, are Rick and his people any different from the Saviors at this point? That’s a moral quandary worthy of a much longer essay, but it’s definitely worth thinking about.


Tonight, Glenn (Steven Yeun), Heath (Corey Hawkins), Aaron (Ross Marquand), and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) were all forced to kill the living. However repugnant and dangerous they might’ve been, they were still the living. That’s going to weigh heavily on these people—perhaps more heavily than whatever it is that Negan himself has in store for them down the road. It’s like Jesus said: “This is the next world.” And it’s only just begun.


Spare Parts:

  • – The producers have to just be playing with us now, having Glenn be the way to find that wall of Polaroids of people with their skulls bashed in. By the time we meet Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan and his trust barbed-wired baseball bat, Lucille, they’ll have teased the monumental moment he and Glenn share in the comic books an approximated 763 times.
  • – We have another new couple joining Richonne on the Surprise Hook-Ups list. Carol and Tobin (Jason Douglas) got closer tonight and even shared a kiss all thanks to Mama C’s beet and acorn cookies. (Man, food in the apocalypse is so depressing.) Are we demented for thinking that Tobin telling Carol “You can do things that just terrify me” was kind of romantic? Oh, we are? OK.
  • – Abraham ditching Rosita (Christian Serratos) the way he did was just cowardly and cruel. And his way of explaining to her? “Why are dingleberries brown? It’s just the way s–t happens…When I first met you, I thought you were the last woman on Earth. You’re not.” Cold-hearted and repulsive. You’re better off without him, Ro.
  • – What was Morgan (Lennie James) up to, welding in that basement? After the strong opposition he showed to Rick’s plan, he’s a wild card for the people of Alexandria. Whatever he’s working on, it probably won’t be to their benefit.

Lauren Cohan tries not to cry over The Walking Dead scene in exclusive Inside the Actors Studio clip

(Spoiler: She cries)

Entertainment Weekly – For as much as she has loved the experience, The Walking Dead has been rough for Lauren Cohan. A certain scene made her consider leaving and now, in a new exclusive clip from the upcoming Walking Dead episode of Inside The Actors Studio, a particular scene brings the actress to tears.


Following the screening of a clip during the episode, host James Lipton asks Cohan why she plugged her ears and turned away from the screen during the scene. Fighting back tears, Cohan, who promised herself she wouldn’t cry on the show, does let a few spill as she composes herself.


“This is one of my favorite moments on the show, favorite experiences for more reasons than I have fingers and toes,” Cohan explains, citing her scene partner, Scott Wilson, as chief among the reasons it sticks out in her mind.


Wilson played Hershel Greene, the father to Cohan’s Maggie Greene, and the season 2 scene in question involves Maggie and Hershel discussing whether to let Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group stay on the Greene farm. Of course, Wilson’s presence in that moment means even more to the actress following [Spoilers] the death of Hershel in season 4 [End of Spoilers].


Watch Cohan explain why Wilson’s performance and his presence on the show meant so much to her and made the experience so memorable. And for more from Cohan, listen to the actress discuss which scene almost made her think of leaving the series. The Inside the Actors Studio episode featuring Cohan, Norman Reedus, and producers Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman airs Thursday on at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. The Walking Dead resumes its sixth season Sunday on AMC.


Lauren Cohan Says The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale Was Her Hardest Day On Set Ever

COMICBOOK – When The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, viewers should be expecting chaos. All of the buildup from the first half of season six comes to head and explodes.


However, looking ahead, it sounds like The Walking Dead is only just getting started with its chaotic midseason premiere. More specifically, The Walking Dead’s season finale sounds like it will be one of the most difficult episodes to stomach of the entire series and fans are largely expecting it to mark the arrival of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan.


“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script,” Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln tells EW of the season six finale. “It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.”


Lincoln might not be happy about the episode but Lauren Cohan seems to be taking it especially hard.


“[Hearing] the word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life,” says Cohan. “I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had. Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.”


If The Walking Dead’s season finale is anything like issue #100 of its comic book source material, it will be just as “emotionally wrought” as Ross Marquand promised it would be when we talked a few months ago. To recap, upon Negan’s arrival, he unleashes his barbed wire wrapped baseball bat on Glenn’s skull. There’s no word on whether or not the TV series will follow the same series of event.


The Walking Dead returns from its midseason hiatus this Sunday at 9 PM ET on AMC.

The rest of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 6 will be filled with ‘dark, scary, twisted stuff’

TECHINSIDER – When “The Walking Dead” returns to TV Sunday, February 14, expect things to get darker.


That’s what showrunner Scott M. Gimple had to tell fans during a conversation with the cast at the 92Y Monday evening.


“This half season is some of the most dark, scary, twisted stuff,” said Gimple during a screening of the show’s last episode and Q&A with cast members including Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan.


It won’t all be gloom and doom, though.


“I think the characters themselves go to some very dark places,” Gimple continued. “But, at the same time, we go to some of the lightest places. We actually attempt a comedic episode.”


You read that right.


“Intentionally comedic,” said Gimple to a few laughs from the crowd.


“So there is comedy, there’s actually some sweetness, and then it’s interspersed with this incredibly dark stuff,” he added.


That sure doesn’t sound like “The Walking Dead.” Maybe it means we’ll see a bit more of Eugene (Josh McDermitt)? He was pretty funny in the season six premiere.


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Lauren Cohan previews the big Maggie-Glenn reunion on The Walking Dead


Entertainment Weekly – Good news, Maggie! Your husband Glenn is alive! And he made it all the way back to Alexandria! Now, the bad news. You are stuck on a lookout platform with a herd of zombies between you and said husband. Sooooo, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.


That’s where we left those crazy lovebirds on The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, and Lauren Cohan admits in a conversation with EW that the couple has definitely been tested. “We have put the couple through the ringer,” says Cohan, “in terms of separating, then promising they’ll never leave each other’s sight again, and now they’re in the ultimate separation over this sea of walkers.”


But while Maggie and Glenn are once again in visual range of each other, Cohan warns that any sort of happy reunion is probably not in the cards with everything else going on. “The reunion is going to be somewhat overshadowed by a lot of other darkness,” she says. “I think I can say that much. Because they have found each other and just in time to sort of help everybody else in this huge battle that’s continuing. They’re completely underwater right now. We’ve had both of them at the absolute cliff edge of danger and death.”


And not only are they in visual range, but vocal range as well. “We shot that scene and I screamed ‘Glennnnnnnnnnn!’ so much I lost my voice,” Cohan says of the reunion with a laugh. “And then we didn’t quite get it so I did it all over again in ADR. That’s the biggest screaming I’ve had yet in the show.”


ADR, which stands for automated dialogue replacement, is when an actor goes into a studio to redub dialogue that was not captured properly. It can be an awkward process — especially while screaming — but Cohan actually enjoys it.


“I break a sweat when I’m in there because you’re literally running and trying to match every physicality that you were in during shooting,” says Cohan. “And, you know, half the time it’s like fighting. I’m wrestling on the ground then jumping up and yelling into a mike or something. It’s awkward, but it’s also the best part of acting because you get to just roll around. I always think it would be funny if you filmed it with no sound to see an actor in a black booth by themselves with headsets on acting like a cat.

Lauren Cohan’s 19 Steps To Surviving A Horror Movie

BUZZFEEDThe star of The Boy tells you how to make it one more day.


You’ve seen Lauren Cohan kick butt as Maggie on The Walking Dead. Now the New Jersey–born, Britain-raised star is fighting for her life in the new horror film The Boy.


Lauren plays Greta, a woman who accepts a job as a nanny but soon discovers that she is in charge of watching a doll. As you can imagine, doll + scary house = not a walk in the park.


Since Lauren is now an expert on all things ~spooky~, here are her tips on how to survive your very own scary movie.


1. Always carry a weapon.

Nunchucks. Brass knuckles.


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Lauren Cohan Spills Her Secrets for a Killer Body

SHAPE – All that zombie fighting she does on The Walking Dead isn’t much different from how our January/February cover girl takes on a workout: The woman goes in for the kill


Lauren Cohan does not like to miss a workout. Her days on set can start as early as 4:30 a.m., and still the exercise diehard gets in a 20-minute (at the very least) sweat session beforehand, even if it means going to bed at 7:45 the night before. “When I don’t exercise in the morning, it’s a completely different day than when I do,” explains Lauren, 33, who stars in the horror movie The Boy, hitting theaters on January 22. “Working out gives me endorphins and makes me happy. I need it!” Lauren has five other rules she lives by, all equally designed to make her fit and healthy. You’ll want to listen in.


Move. Then move some more. “I am the queen of exercise variety. This week I was in L.A. and I took a Pure Barre class, went to Burn 60 [an interval workout class] twice, ran the track at UCLA, made it to the gym, and took a yoga class. I also really love to dance. I dance through workouts that aren’t even about dancing! At home, all my furniture is pushed to the edges of my living room so that I can dance around the room. Working out is harder when we’re on set. We film in Georgia, and I can’t go to classes. So I do exercise DVDs that have a lot of leg lifts, kicks, arm lifts—things that don’t need equipment. And I move all the time. I take the stairs, I do press-ups between scenes, and I do sit-ups before I eat lunch.”


Rely on fast food. “On Sundays I chop up tons of vegetables and make three or four Mason jars’ worth of dressings, and I throw dishes together at random during the week. With my schedule, it makes it so much easier to have things ready to go in my fridge. I eat healthy. But I splurge, too. My favorite is Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I’m obsessed with them!”

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