Lauren Cohan Confirms She'll Return to 'The Walking Dead' for Season 9

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AMC SHE'S BACK There had been a question mark over Lauren Cohan's future on The Walking Dead

Given how Season 8 concluded-with Maggie vowing to avenge Glenn's death and kill Negan despite Rick's wishes-it was hard to imagine how the TV version could proceed without Cohan, who has always been a fan favorite.

While speaking at CinemaCon (per Entertainment Weekly), the actress confirmed that she will have a presence on the upcoming season. There was a contract dispute between Lauren Cohan and the show and when Lauren signed onto a new ABC pilot it looked like she may not return for season 9 of The Walking Dead. Plus, she's the leader of Hilltop in a post-All Out War world. The season 8 finale teased a pretty big story arc for Maggie in season 9. The actress is not seeking pay parity with co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, but she and her camp were reportedly nevertheless underwhelmed with what the network was willing to offer.

The real determining factor, then-apart from whether Cohan and AMC can reach an agreement on pay-will be scheduling.

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Clearly passionate about making her comeback and ensuring Maggie's story is told in the right way, it's great for audiences to hear that this fan-favourite will be returning. When Walking Dead cast members sign on for another show it usually means they will not be returning to the series, as was the case with Sonequa Martin-Green when she took the role to star in CBS's Star Trek Discovery. Her pilot at ABC still hasn't been picked up to series so there's no telling if that will even more forward at this time and there's always a chance based on filming schedules that she could do both series simultaneously.

But Lauren announced recently that she is returning to The Walking Dead in season 9.

Lauren Cohan was previously holding out on resigning for another season so she could get a better deal. But given how many variables appear to be at play, it doesn't seem wise to hold our collective breath.

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