Fans of The Walking Dead can breathe a sigh of relief, as actress Lauren Cohan has confirmed she will return for the ninth season of AMC's hit drama.
With Scott Gimple departing as showrunner, to be replaced by Angela Kang, the popular series is poised to become "very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative." However, there will still be plenty of familiar elements this fall, including Cohan, whose future as Maggie previously appeared in doubt.
"I'm going back," Cohan assured Entertainment Weekly at CinemaCon. "There's a lot more Maggie story to tell."
It's not yet clear from her Cohan's comment whether her involvement will be as a series regular, or in a reduced capacity.
Concerns about her role arose earlier this year over a salary dispute, after Cohan sought to be paid the same as her co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. As audiences began imagining a scenario in which Cohan might not return as the no-nonsense Maggie Rhee, the argument continued beyond Season 8 as the actress signed to a new ABC pilot.
With Maggie being an influential part of both the show and the comic book source material, Cohan's departure could have posed a signficiant problem for The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season this fall on AMC.