Update (4/25/2018): Lauren Cohan has officially signed on to return for The Walking Dead season 9!
Actress Lauren Cohan’s future with The Walking Dead was up in the air for quite some time due to contract negotiations (see details on that below). Now it looks like fans won’t have to worry about whether or not she’ll return to reprise her role as Maggie Greene.
Cohan, who was in attendance at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, revealed on Tuesday (April 24) night that she’ll officially be returning for The Walking Dead season 9.
“I’m going back,” Cohan told Entertainment Weekly at the event. “There’s a lot more of Maggie’s story left to tell.”
We’re glad to hear we’ll get more of Maggie come season 9!
It looks like a long time cast member of The Walking Dead might be gearing up to leave the series.
According ComicBook.com, actress Lauren Cohan, who plays fan favorite Maggie Rhee, might be the next cast member to exit the series.
Unfortunately, it looks like if Cohan leaves it won’t be because of the direction the story is going. Instead, the actress may be walking away from the hit drama due to contract negotiations that aren’t going in her favor.
Cohan and her team are reportedly in the midst of negotiating a higher pay raise for the actress who has been an integral part of the zombie apocalypse series since her character was first introduced in season 2 back in 2011.
As Deadline reports, Cohan has “sought parity with her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who are paid significantly more than all of their female colleagues.”
The report also points out that AMC came back with an offer that would see Cohan receive a “modest salary increase in exchange for a long-term contract.” That offer, however, has since been rejected.
What is perhaps most interesting is that sources are also saying that amidst contract disputes, Cohan is currently weighing out her options and even fielding multiple offers for new TV pilots.
We’re sure we’re not the only Walking Dead fans out there who would be sad to see Lauren Cohan leave the series because of a pay dispute.
At the same time, if she chooses to walk away because she feels as though she deserves more, we’ll be the first to support her in any future projects she may sign up for!
The second half of The Walking Dead season 8 premieres on AMC on February 25, 2018.