We know that we’ll be losing Carl (Chandler Riggs) when The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday for the second half of Season 8; rumors are also swirling that Carol (Melissa McBride) may also meet a bitter end before the season’s through. As if all this suffering isn’t enough, today brings word that TWD showrunner Scott M. Gimple is preparing fans for the possibility that Season 8 will also be the last one for Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
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This time though, it isn’t the writers who have it in for the character; reports suggest Cohan is unhappy with her salary and has yet to renew her contract beyond Season 8.
Per Digital Spy:
The showrunner for The Walking Dead has admitted that there is a possibility that Lauren Cohan (Maggie) could be leaving the show at the end of season 8.
Cohan’s contract is up at the end of the season and is in negotiations with AMC to sign a new deal. Reports have suggested that – although she is not seeking parity with Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus – she is unhappy with the salary offers put forward by the network.
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Official Synopsis: “All-out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick (Andrew Lincoln), having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.”
Finish the fight! The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c on AMC.