Lauren Cohan Signs on For New ABC Pilot – Is She Leaving The Walking Dead?
The Walking Dead is notorious for killing off beloved characters when your heart least expects it. Case in point: the recent Winter season finale which revealed Carl (Chandler Riggs) has taken a nasty bite to the stomach and will soon meet his doom when the show returns on Feb. 25. As if that fatal blow wasn’t enough for us, we now have reason to believe there’s another tear-inducing death coming our way.
On Feb. 20, Deadline reported that Lauren Cohan has officially signed on to star in the pilot of ABC’s new dramedy, Whiskey Cavalier, alongside Scandal’s Scott Foley. Cohan will play Frankie, described by the outlet as “a hotshot CIA operative” who teams up with Foley’s character, also a CIA operative, after she’s assigned to kill a target that he is tasked with protecting.
This comes after several reports that the actress, who has portrayed Maggie Greene on the The Walking Dead since 2011, was “actively looking for her next role.” Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Cohan has been in months-long negotiations with AMC and “her agents are not happy with the offers that have been on the table.” Although members of her camp are reportedly “frustrated by AMC’s lowball offers,” Cohan was in high demand for the 2018 pilot season and took advantage of that opportunity to seek out her next big gig.
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So what does all of this mean for her character? Well, if you consider The Walking Dead’s drama-filled history offscreen, the future might not look good for Maggie. On the show, the mom-to-be is still kicking ass and taking names as the new leader of the Hilltop community. But that doesn’t mean things can’t change – and rapidly – if the actress does decide to walk (pun intended) from the series.
Sure, the writers could give Maggie a heroic send-off that has nothing to do with getting bitten by a herd of zombies, but something tells us the possibility of that happening is slim to none. Because at the end of the day, what’s The Walking Dead without a gruesome death?
On the bright side, Cohan’s new deal allows her to potentially return to The Walking Dead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are several ways Cohan could continue to slay as Maggie if the network plays their cards right. Let’s just hope AMC and Cohan can reach an amicable deal before worst comes to worst.
Source: Pop Sugar