The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang hints that Lauren Cohan could return as Maggie during season 10. Cohan began as a regular on Walking Dead way back in season 2, playing the daughter of Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), the farmer who reluctantly allowed the survivors to live on his isolated farm. Maggie soon caught the eye of Glenn (Steven Yeun), and the two became romantically involved, later marrying.
Of course, the Maggie-Glenn relationship came to a brutally tragic end in the controversial season 7 premiere when big bad Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) murdered Glenn with his bat Lucille while a pregnant Maggie watched. After the death of Glenn, Maggie had her baby and went on to become the leader of the Hilltop community, while having to endure Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) decision to let Negan live. But Maggie’s time as a central TWD character came to a premature end in season 9 when actress Cohan exited the show to take a role in the ABC series Whiskey Cavalier, though producers made it clear the door was open for Cohan to return if the opportunity arose. Indeed, the show did not kill Maggie off but instead had her leave Hilltop to join a mysterious character named Georgie and her group of survivors. Cohan officially became available when ABC canceled Whiskey Cavalier after just one season, and in early October it was confirmed that Cohan would in fact return for season 11 of The Walking Dead.
But could fans see the return of Maggie before the premiere of season 11? According to TWD showrunner Kang, Cohan could actually appear at some point in season 10, the show’s current season. Speaking to EW, Kang said “We may see her at some other point this season but I don’t want to say too much about anything.” Of Cohan’s return to the cast, Kang said:
“We’ve been saying for a while that the goal was always to figure out when we can continue her story, and there were a lot of logistics that needs to be worked out. Maybe it felt like to fans nothing was happening and it was all lies. But behind the scenes there have been conversations all along, and so I could not personally be more excited that it all is finally worked out. It’s going to be some fun stuff.”
Secrecy is of course the order of the day on TWD as always, but Kang’s words definitely make it sound like Maggie will put in an appearance at some point during the current season. If Maggie is coming back for season 11 full time, it would make sense to have her show up late in season 10, perhaps even in the final episode, in order to tease the character’s return. A lot has of course transpired on TWD since Maggie left, including a huge six-year time jump as well as the departure of Lincoln’s Rick Grimes. The communities have also come up against their biggest threat since Negan, the horrifying Whisperers.
How exactly Kang means to insert Maggie back into the show is anyone’s guess, but after the chaos that transpired at Hilltop in the most recent episode, it’s clear the community could use Maggie’s decisive leadership. Maggie would also be a great asset to the communities in their on-going struggle with The Whisperers, and perhaps the goal is to have her show up and help save the day as things come to a head with that villainous group. As far as the overall cast dynamic, the return of Maggie would be good news as the show is set to be lacking in strong, well-developed heroic female characters with the imminent departure of Danai Gurira as Michonne. Outside of Michonne and stalwart Carol (Melissa McBride), who has been dealing with some emotional issues lately, the only truly standout female character on The Walking Dead currently is Alpha (Samantha Morton), the twisted leader of The Whisperers.