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The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln says he’d be surprised if Lauren Cohan did not appear in the next season of the hit zombie series, amid heavy speculation about her future on the show.
Cohan, who plays Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead, will come to the end of her contract when the current eighth season ends – and she is believed to be unhappy with the salary offered by AMC.
“Lauren is a good friend and wonderful actress,” Lincoln told the Independent. “What she has created with the role of Maggie has had an enormous impact on the world of The Walking Dead.
“I would be surprised if Maggie Rhee wasn’t leading from the front as she always has done next season. That is, of course, if she and Rick make it through the next four episodes.”
In The Walking Dead comic books, Maggie still plays a major part in ongoing storylines, so any exit for the character would have big repercussions.
As reported recently on AAA Edinburgh, work has already started on season nine of The Walking Dead, with the show’s bosses confirming they have started rolling on new episodes, despite still airing the second half of season eight.
The show runners also hinted at some big plot twists.
“We’re still finishing last season and then we just started season nine,” said director and producer Greg Nicotero during a Facebook Live session. “So you guys [the actors] are gonna be busy, all I can say.”
The Walking Dead comic creator and writer Robert Kirkman also told Screen Junkies that fans can expect some “really cool stuff”.
He said: “We just did the pitch out for season nine and there’s some really cool stuff coming.
“In the pitch, Greg was like, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to get started on that!’ I was like, ‘I can’t wait to see that.’
“They’re always coming up with cool new evolutions for the zombies and there’s some big stuff coming up in season nine that I’m hinting at and I’ll probably get in trouble for, zombie-wise.”
The Walking Dead airs on Fox in the UK and AMC in the US.