Bad news for fans of The Walking Dead. Just on the heels of Andrew Lincoln’s announced departure, another major character is bidding the show farewell.
The Walking Dead fans have been through a bit of a ringer with the news of the show’s lead, Andrew Lincoln (aka Rick Grimes), departing. Though AMC has tried to calm the fandom down with the news that the show will shift its focus onto Norman Reedus’ character, Daryl, it’s been a bit concerning to see the show going through such huge changes.
Unfortunately, it seems that change isn’t done as news has broken that Lauren Cohan will officially be leaving the show. Rumors have been swirling for some time about Cohan’s departure after news of tumultuous contract negotiations over equal pay with her male co-stars began to surface.
That paired with the news that she landed a lead role in ABC’s new comedy series Whiskey Cavalier which was picked up for a full season got fans worried for Maggie Rhee’s fate on The Walking Dead.
With her new show and failed contract negotiations, it seems that the news is official, and we will be seeing the last of Maggie Rhee sooner than we all hoped. The Independent reports that Cohan will be in 6 episodes of the show’s ninth season, but it’s not been made clear at which stage she’ll be written out (or how she’ll be written off the show).
AMC hasn’t yet responded to the claims of Cohan’s contract negotiations, but we do know one thing for sure. Life in the zombie apocalypse is going to be a lot bleaker without the badass Maggie out there fighting for the future of humanity. We will have to see how The Walking Dead will restructure the show after losing yet another major player from the cast.
We can find this answer when The Walking Dead returns to AMC. There isn’t an official release date yet, but it’s reported to premiere later on in 2018.