Category: The Walking Dead

Press: Lauren Cohan opens up about leaving The Walking Dead — and her possible return

 

EW – Andrew Lincoln is not the only huge name leaving The Walking Dead. Lauren Cohan (who plays Maggie) is also departing the AMC hit. And considering the way Cohan has been killing it on screen lately — you could easily make the case that she has been the show’s MVP this season — her loss will be just as deeply felt.

However, Cohan will be returning to TV soon enough on ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier (premiering in 2019). And her time battling zombies may not be over. Depending on Whiskey Cavalier’s future and Cohan’s burgeoning film career (recently starring alongside Mark Wahlberg in Mile 22), the actress may return in some capacity for season 10, especially after being so excited at the new direction of the program under showrunner Angela Kang. (Like others, Cohan has nothing but praise for Kang and the job she’s doing in keeping the show fresh.) We spoke to Cohan about her decision to move on, and the uncertainty as to whether we will ever see Maggie Rhee again on The Walking Dead.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start with your decision to only come back for a handful of episodes in season 9 and then leave for Whiskey Cavalier. What was at the root of that decision for you?

LAUREN COHAN: So much of it is really simple because eight years is a long time to spend in one character. Eight years is a long time to spend in the emotional mash-up that Maggie’s in and that Lauren is in by virtue of osmosis. I honestly just was looking at this on a multitude of personal levels, and it just made the most sense for me to do this.

I love Maggie and I’ll always love Maggie, and we had a really good time so far. And I do say so far, because the beautiful thing I get to experience right now — which I think is such a cherished thing for me in life — is to live in the not knowing, and to embrace it. And I just feel in life generally a sense of that more than I ever have on a personal level. So naturally that was going to bleed over into that, and just taking the information at hand and making a decision based upon the facts in front of me.

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Press/Video: Michonne Confronts Maggie in ‘The Walking Dead’ 905 Sneak Peek

 

COMIC BOOK – Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) have a chilling and intense confrontation in an extended sneak peek look at The Walking Dead 905, “What Comes After.”

Maggie has reached Alexandria after having Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the other relays detour Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who is now preoccupied with a fight for his life after sustaining a gruesome injury when attempting to reroute an approaching herd of walkers away from the in-between camp located near the bridge that Rick hopes to see link Alexandria, Hilltop, the Kingdom, Oceanside, and the Sanctuary.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) is all that stands in the way of Maggie enacting her vengeance on the jailed Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) for his murder of Glenn (Steven Yeun), an unforgivable sin his widow believes has gone unavenged.

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Video: “The Walking Dead” – Maggie’s Plans For Negan – Sneak Peek Ep. 904

Gallery: “The Walking Dead”  – 9.03 ‘Warning Signs’ Screencaps

   
 

 

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Press: How ‘Walking Dead’ Just Set the Stage for Lauren Cohan’s Exit

Showrunner Angela Kang weighs in on a big clue about Maggie’s upcoming departure.

 

 

[This story contains spoilers for season nine, episode two of AMC’s The Walking Dead, “The Bridge.”]

EW -As Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his companions work to build a bridge between communities, AMC’s The Walking Dead itself is busy with some bridge-building of its own: the bridge toward Lauren Cohan’s exit from the series.

Cohan, who has played Maggie Greene Rhee since season two, is poised to walk away from The Walking Dead, at least temporarily, later this season due to her series regular role on ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier. (The ABC role followed what sources say was a salary standoff with AMC gone sour.) Unlike the talk surrounding Andrew Lincoln’s looming exit as Rick, Cohan’s coming departure has been discussed as more open-ended in nature, with hopes for her eventual return.

How will Cohan as Maggie leave The Walking Dead, a world in which there’s rarely a way out beyond death? The second episode of season nine, “The Bridge,” provided the first major clue to that answer.

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Gallery: “The Walking Dead” 9.02 & 9.03 Stills and 9.03 Screencaps


 

 

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Gallery: “The Walking Dead” 9.01 A New Beginning Stills and Screencaps

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Press: The Walking Dead to Bring Back Three Characters for Season 9

VULTURE – During their panel on Saturday at New York Comic Con, showrunner Angela Kang announced that The Walking Dead would be welcoming back three former characters in season nine. Entertainment Weekly reports that Jon Bernthal, Scott Wilson, and Sonequa Martin-Green are slated to appear in the upcoming season, reprising their former roles as Shane, Hershel, and Sasha, respectively. It’s not clear if the characters will be appearing in flashbacks, or as visions, but their appearance will definitely hold a special meaning in what will be Andrew Lincoln’s final season on the show. The announcement became even more poignant, however, as shortly after the panel, news spread that Scott Wilson had died of complications from leukemia. It is believed his appearance was shot earlier this year, over the summer.

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Press: ‘Walking Dead’ Kicks Off “Decade” Of Expansion Plans

DEADLINE – Looking to go for many more years, The Walking Dead premieres its upcoming ninth season next week in Los Angeles with a full-on Hollywood screening at the Directors Guild of America. However, with a plethora of photographs of the new season dropped today also (see below), it is the Big Apple that the AMC blockbuster intends to take a bite of more immediately.

With the departure of lead Andrew Lincoln and changes behind the camera in the form of new showrunner Angela Kang, TWD will hold panels at both PaleyFest New York and New York Comic Con in early October just before the Season 9 debut. Just like at San Diego Comic-Con, those shindigs will be packed to fire marshal capacity. Even with ratings declines the past couple of years, TWD has still been the top drama on all of TV in the key 18-49 demo for the past six seasons.

As notions of potential spinoffs, more crossovers and other platforms of the show have been long teased by former showrunner and now-Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, AMC CEO Josh Sapan made TWD‘s future slightly more concrete when he told a recent investors’ gathering that the idea is to go for another decade in some form or another. As AMC’s SVP and Co-Head of Corporate Communications noted:

All of which adds to the drama as TWD is aiming for a reset of sorts with its ninth season.

Leading into that and coming just 24 hours before the Season 9 opener on October 7 on AMC, the 8 PM ET NYCC gathering will feature Lincoln plus castmates Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays now seemingly conquered villain Negan on the show based on Robert Kirkman’s comics.

Also in attendance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, as in past years at the confab, will be EPs Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, who directed the season opener. EP and COO Gimple will also be onstage at MSG, along moderator Chris Hardwick and new showrunner Kang, who penned the first episode of Season 9.

As always at both NYCC and SDCC, expect a sneak peek or two at the new season.

However, if you are going to be at PaleyFest on October 6, you’ll get much more than a peek. The 3 PM ET TWD panel at 25 West 52nd Street with most if not all of the same participants will serve as the East Coast premiere of the full first episode of Season 9.

As original cast member Lincoln exits, first reported by Deadline back in May and confirmed by the Love Actually actor at SDCC, the post-apocalypse world of TWD is very different at the beginning of Season 9, which picks up a year and bit after the big showdown between Lincoln’s Survivors and allies and Negan’s gang. Along with Lauren Cohan scaling back her participation because of her new ABC series Whiskey Cavalier, the series offered another glimpse into the new reality of things with a series of photographs unveiled today of both of the new episodes and BTS.

 

 

 

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