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Walking Dead Producer 'Incredibly Hopeful' Lauren Cohan Will Return for Season 9

The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple is keeping his fingers crossed that an arrangement for Lauren Cohan to return for the show's ninth season will materialize. The actress, who first joined the series way back in season 2 as part of Hershel’s Farm narrative as Maggie, has quickly become a show standout. Fans particularly loved her romance with Glenn (Steven Yeun) which became one of the most enduring relationships in the show. That was until Glenn's devastating death at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) at the start of season 7.

While fans may find solace in the fact that series regulars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus are already locked in for the show's season 9, the possibility of Cohan's departure will be a huge blow to The Walking Dead's character dynamics. At this point, there are already two cast members confirmed to not return: principal cast member Chandler Riggs, whose character, Carl is at the brink of his death after the events of the midseason finale and Lennie James, who will crossover to Fear The Walking DeadKnowing that Maggie may also no longer be a part of the show past this season is understandably a huge cause of concern for fans. But Gimple is still optimistic about the chances that they'll be able to convince Cohan for at least one more season.

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Speaking with TV Line, Gimple has shared his two cents on Cohan's potential departure from The Walking Dead after news that the 36-year-old is one of the top cast picks for several series pilots.“These things do happen in TV. But we’re talking," he said, acknowledging the situation and pertaining to the active negotiations between the show and the actress. Despite that, he is keeping his fingers crossed that the show regular will opt to return for season 9 adding, "Lauren is an actor who has such intuition and such power. So yeah, hopefully, it all works out.”

It would be such a waste if Maggie just bites the bullet after the trajectory arc she has been treading since Glenn's death. Emerging from her shell after realizing that she couldn't let his husband's death be wasted, she was able to oust Gregory from his throne and become The Hilltop's commander. From there, we've seen her fulfill her potential to become a formidable power player in the show, especially now, that it's veered away from the post-apocalyptic elements and leaned into the community politics. There is still a myriad of ways that her story could go from it is right now. For one, the impending arrival of her child would pose an interesting dynamic with how she's going to carry on her responsibilities as a mother and a group leader.

That said, ultimately leaving the show might be the smart career move for Cohan. In the last few seasons, The Walking Dead has arguably lost its massive and critical touch proven by its declining ratings. Pulling a similar ploy that her former co-star Sonequa Martin-Green did - opting to become the lead of Star Trek Discovery instead of furthering her role as Sasha in the AMC series won't be that bad given that the CBS series is doing very well. Cohan would just have to be very meticulous in choosing her next gig as not every pilot show is meant to succeed.

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The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9pm ET on AMC.

Source: TV Line

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