During an interview with ComicBook.com, The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang revealed that the creative team behind the show is planning more Maggie stories beyond the ninth season.
While much of the attention toward the upcoming season of The Walking Dead has been centered around the fact that Andrew Lincoln will soon leave the series, actress Lauren Cohan is also set to make her exit after the ninth year of the show. However, showrunner Angela Kang confirmed that the creative team behind the show hopes to have Lauren Cohan return after season 9 and are planning more stories for Maggie in the future:
“I’ll say first of all that we’ve still planned some more story with Maggie, Lauren wants to, it will be a little subject to her schedule but hopefully we have her back next season. We have always planned to have this greaty story with Maggie this season and I think we promised something. We wanted to pay off that promise. We definitely have a very strong Maggie arc.”
However, Kang teased an outstanding performance from Lauren Cohan this season and offered a preview of what to expect with the Hilltop when Maggie leaves the series:
“There’s just some stuff that just blew me away. I’m just a pure fan. I think that’s been, again, it’s just something we wanted to do right by that character, but again it also opens up some interesting opportunities for other characters when that character is gone for reasons that will be explained in the story. That’s part of the story going forward, is what’s happening at Hilltop? How do people with Maggie not being there?
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The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Seth Gilliam as Gabriel Stokes, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Austin Amelio as Dwight, Tom Payne as Paul “Jesus” Rovia, Xander Berkeley as Gregory, Khary Payton as Ezekiel, Katelyn Nacon as Enid, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis / Anne, Callan McAuliffe as Alden, Avi Nash as Siddiq and Samantha Morton as Alpha.
The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7, 2018, on AMC.