The Walking Dead Exec Promises Big Role For Maggie In Season 8B


Due to the nature of the show, fans of The Walking Dead are always trying to guess who the next character to bite the bullet (or get bitten by a walker, as the case may be) is. And even though the series hasn’t even dealt with Carl Grimes’ impending demise yet, the newest theory goes that Maggie Rhee will soon be on her way out of the hit zombie drama.

Throwing a spanner into the works of that, however, are these new comments from The Walking Dead exec producer Greg Nicotero. While talking to EW, he promised that actress Lauren Cohan would get lots of interesting material to sink her teeth into over the remainder of season 8. Apparently, it’ll all be to do with how Maggie has her morals and code of ethics tested by the problems facing her as protector of the Hilltop community.

“In my opinion, one of the most powerful moments in the Mid-Season finale was what Maggie did. I remember watching the cut out of the gate, and when she pulled the trigger and then turned and walked away, you just saw that weight on her. She’s still human. She still has morals, so she’s at odds with how to move forward. She knows that there are things that she’s going to have to do that she’s probably not going to believe in.

Continuing on, he said:

“We’re going to see a lot more of that in the second half of the season, where Maggie comes into direct conflict with what her morals are and who she should be versus protecting her people and protecting the hilltop. It’s pretty polarizing what she does and what she’s able to do, and we have some great things to see from her.”

The scene Nicotero’s referring to from the midseason finale happens when Maggie decides to execute one of the imprisoned Saviors at Hilltop in order to send a message to Simon, who’d previously murdered one of the community. Though her resolve lasted her through the act itself, she started getting emotional as she turned away. From the sounds of it, this is just the beginning of Maggie’s struggles.

But do these comments definitely squash the rumour that Maggie will be written out come the end of the season? Well, no. It’s still very possible that this storyline leads to the character perhaps sacrificing herself for her people. We know, for example, that Lauren Cohan’s contract expires at the end of this year. Not to mention that she’s reportedly discussing new projects with different networks.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but what we can tell you with absolute certainty is that The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 25th, when it’ll shuffle back onto the small screen with its midseason premiere, which will see Carl Grimes head for the exit door.

Source: EW