As television viewers, we always want our favorite characters to stick around, but at the end of the day, Hollywood is a business. And the unfortunate world of contracts and negotiations may have lead to another Walking Dead favorite leaving the show.
Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on the hit zombie series, has been negotiating with AMC ever since her contract expired at the end of filming Season 8.
Earlier this month, Celebrity Insider reported on the stalled negotiations and revealed that Cohan was also entertaining pilot offers from other networks.
Now it’s been announced that Cohan has indeed landed a new pilot deal; she’ll be starring in a pilot called Whiskey Cavalier for ABC.
The dramedy pilot stars Scandal‘s Scott Foley and follows an FBI agent and a CIA agent who are paired up to lead a new intra-agency team.
That still doesn’t necessarily mean that Cohan is leaving The Walking Dead, as there a number of possible outcomes here.
The Walking Dead only films during part of the year, so it’s plausible that Cohan could appear on both series, although one would likely be in a more limited capacity.
If ABC picks up Whiskey Cavalier for midseason next year, Cohan could return to The Walking Dead at the beginning of Season 9 to give Maggie a proper sendoff.
However, if ABC decides to pass on the pilot altogether, Cohan would technically be free to sign a new contract for The Walking Dead covering Season 9 and beyond.
It had been speculated that Cohan was only taking pilot offers in order to force AMC’s hand in the negotiation process, but this news shows that she’s more than willing to move on.
The network claims to have made generous offers to re-sign Cohan but other sources have said those offers are “lowball.”
The Walking Dead will return for the remainder of Season 8 beginning this Sunday, February 25.