AMC’s hit zombie series The Walking Dead is already set to lose one major cast member this season, with Chandler Riggs’ character Carl seen dying in the midseason finale in December. Now it looks like another long-standing cast member might be departing the popular show as well!
It’s been reported that the contract for actress Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on The Walking Dead, is set to expire at the end of the current season.
Cohan and her representatives have been in talks with AMC to extend her contract but that hasn’t stopped her from looking elsewhere, too.
Networks are currently in the process of preparing new pilots for the 2018-2019 television season, and Cohan is said to be entertaining offers from multiple sources.
According to rumors, Cohan asking to have her Walking Dead salary increased to match the amount earned by co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus.
However, that was never a “make-or-break” demand because Cohan acknowledges that she joined the show later than Lincoln and Reedus and appears onscreen far less often.
AMC countered with a modest salary increase in exchange for a new long-term contract, but it was rejected by Cohan and her reps.
Now, that may sound discouraging, but there’s always a lot of back-and-forth in Hollywood contract negotiations, so it’s not the time to panic just yet.
In fact, Cohan has reportedly not made any indications to the powers that be that she intends to leave The Walking Dead, so she remains committed to a new contract.
The two parties are still in negotiations, so it’s entirely possible a new deal for Cohan will be signed in the near future.
At any rate, the next season of The Walking Dead won’t begin filming until May, so there’s plenty of time to get things squared away before then.