Lauren Cohan may have left The Walking Dead for now, but her departure might not be permanent. Showrunner Angela Kang has high hopes of bringing her back.
"We will hopefully come back to Maggie's story in Season 10," Kang told ComicBook.com, adding she is texting Cohan and trying to set up a meeting to discuss things, but in the end, it's all up to the writer and former showrunner Scott Gimple.
"That's really up to Scott, but we'll see how it all plays out," Kang said.
Gimple is responsible for making sure everything ties together in The Walking Dead expanded universe, which also includes Fear The Walking Dead and a trilogy of AMC original movies. "[Scott Gimple] sort of checks in with all of the parts of the universe and is kind of making sure that things don't conflict with each other, or that there are things that kind of lead into things," she said.
It was actually Gimple who told Kang he was writing Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes out of the show. Also, the helicopters that pick Rick up in his final episode should be ones already seen in the show. "In our minds, there's a lot of things going on in the world around our characters and the way that it intersects with our story," she said. "That's part of what we're talking about currently."
While there is no plan set in stone for bringing Maggie back, Kang wants Cohan to be part of the show and refuses to rule out her return. "We often go down multiple paths before we kind of decide on something, but I'm operating off of the idea that hopefully, we'll get Lauren back," Kang said. "We've certainly been talking about it, so we'll see, but yeah."
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.