Last nights episode of The Walking Dead featured the first appearance of Maggie and Sasha since the groups encounter with Negan and the Saviors. Despite having lost her husband Glenn and experiencing a major health scare, Maggie quickly took action to make Hilltop her refuge despite the objections the community’s leader Gregory. Actress Lauren Cohan spoke with EW about Maggie’s evolution as a leader and teased what’s next for her character as the season progresses.
When asked about the memorable scene where Maggie uses a tractor to crush several Zombies that had been let loose on the Hilltop by the Saviors, Cohan commented on how Maggie’s ability to formulate and execute a plan marks another step in her evolution.
“[…] there’s this sort of a conflicted drive there because she knows she has to take it easy with the placenta tear that’s happening, but ultimately she can’t stand still if there’s something that can be done. So, yeah, I think it’s just instinctively knowing how we’re going to solve this problem and just jumping to it. And I like seeing the beginnings of her relationship with the other Hilltop residents that she is delegating to. It was a fun solution to find.”
Another memorable moment from last nights episode was when Maggie punched Gregory in face, asserting her position as a member of the Hilltop and demanding respect from the feckless leader. Cohan commented on how the moment marks the beginning of Maggie’s transition towards becoming a leader.
“Generally, the punch she gave Gregory is probably the taste of what’s to come. We will see more of that Maggie. And then on an emotional level, we see this girl with responsibility to others who’s trying to live up to the people she learned from. Glenn is gone and Hershel is gone, and she’s sort of just trying to do what they would have expected and what they taught her to do and what they learned and what she learned with them. So, those are the shoes she’s stepping into now as she guides people that need her. Everybody’s got jobs to do and she’s stepping into those shoes.”
The episode ended with Jesus, played by Tom Payne, hinting that it may be time for a new leader at the Hilltop and it appears Maggie could become the right person to lead the community in the future.
The Walking Dead airs at 9:00 pm ET on AMC.