When Negan killed Glenn and Abraham on the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, he broke the spirits of Rick and co. It was a devastating moment for the group, understandably so, and they’ll no doubt have a tough time recovering from what happened. That doesn’t mean they won’t be looking to even the score though – particularly those who have been hurt the most by the whole thing.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, actress Lauren Cohan (who plays Maggie) revealed that her character is going to be out for vengeance this season – and we can’t wait to see her get it. She refrained from revealing specifics, but told EW that Negan’s action have “lit a crazy fuse” in Maggie:
It’s funny because Negan already sees that Maggie has submitted in a way because she’s so physically crippled, and I think that once the worst has happened, then that surge of adrenaline comes and there’s nothing she can do. And there’s nothing left to do. There’s no worse case scenario now. But what Negan’s actions do to Maggie is light this crazy fuse. And we’ll see that burn pretty strong.
I think it’s very Glenn that she gets up and insists on taking his body and she wants to protect him and give him a funeral that he deserves and that overcomes all the inhibition. And so Negan gives Maggie vengeance, and I don’t think that she’s a vengeful person, but It’s going to be a really interesting push and pull this season. You’ll see how she lives on in honor of Glenn and in vengeance of Negan, and it’s a real war in her brain, and in protection of the baby. I really liked the fact that Glenn says, “I’ll find you,” because she takes him with her. It’s difficult to even encapsulate the grief like that.
Further in the interview, Cohan touched on how Maggie will become very pragmatic and try to honor her husband and do right by the group:
I think that she needs to cope and she needs to push forward, and it’s just that next task that she can take. And as things go on, she needs to do right by people and honor her husband and take care of her child, and those things might become things that make a good person to look up to. But she’s trying to do the right thing at this point, and she keeps him in her mind’s eye, and she keeps her dad in her mind’s eye, and she keeps her sister. We’ll see Maggie being very pragmatic and what we all know by now is that those people need to live on in her, or otherwise it’s all for naught, basically.
But there’s a lot of anger ahead in this road for the group and it’s a very complex season. This fallout now is so heavy. It’s really rich, and the places that we see everybody go, and the worlds everybody’s going in to and how they’re all dealing with losing Glenn and Abraham — it’s the linchpin. I mean, there’s been so much loss to this point, and this is just the entire house of cards.
The Walking Dead is set to return this weekend with an extended episode that’ll finally take us back to Alexandria. While the focus will still probably be on the group as a whole and how they’re dealing with everything, you can expect to see Maggie’s evolution start to take shape as she sets out for vengeance – and we couldn’t be more excited to see how it all plays out.