Lauren Cohan Discusses Truth Behind AMC Contract Dispute

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 1 Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene 

Lauren Cohan Reveals Reason For Contract Dispute As Standard Negotiation Process

Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Alden (Callan McAuliffe) in Episode 13 of The Walking Dead. Photo by Gene Page/AMC.

Lauren Cohan’s appearance on Sirius XM’s Radio Andy talk show on Wednesday revealed new information about her acting future. With host Andy Cohen, she discussed Maggie’s departure from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Also discussed were the contract negotiations back in April of this year that had her status on the hit post-apocalypse show in limbo.


AMC Contract Negotiation

Cohan has revealed that her pay dispute with AMC was simply part of the process of renegotiating her contract:

It wasn’t actually that I was asking for it, it was that my contract finished. So, that’s a pretty standard renegotiation.

At the time, she was pursuing other acting opportunities, including ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier. At San Diego Comic-Con, Cohan divided her time promoting both endeavors separately. She said that she was looking forward to “comedy and happier fare” in her career after many seasons on the hit zombie show. But she also stressed that Maggie’s story on The Walking Dead was not over.

Maggie Green’s Future

Back in May, it was confirmed that Cohan would return for season 9, but her presence would be greatly reduced. At this time, she will only appear in six of Season 9’s first eight episodes. While Cohan is leaving the show, she admitted that her character’s story is far from over. She said:

We don’t close doors, we don’t break up with someone and forget about them and delete them from your life. Things transition into different places.

During the season finale of season 8, Maggie and Daryl to come together against Rick due to his decision to keep Negan alive after the “All Out War” storyline. Fans certainly wanted to see how this story arc will resolve.

The Walking Dead season 9 premieres in October on AMC.

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