The Walking Dead fans will be sad to hear that a fan favorite might not return for season 9. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie joined the series at season 2 and has been a constant since season 3. Cohan’s current contract finishes at the end of season 8 after which, she is free to seek employment elsewhere. This news hasn’t escaped other networks who have approached her with offers.
The rumor is that Lauren was in talks with AMC in regards to her pay. All she wants is to be paid the same as her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who get paid a lot more than their female colleagues, surely this isn’t too much to ask for? AMC countered this with a salary increase, but obviously, it was nothing near to what she was looking for so the offer was rejected. Come on AMC just cough up already, we know you can afford it!
Cohan has grown into a fan favorite; she is a capable performer. She has started to branch out into movie roles, appearing in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Martha Wayne, weirdly enough with Negan himself Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas. Her exit would be tragic since Maggie is a crucial character, evolving into one of the survivors’ smartest and most loved leaders. Leaving after Season 8 would deprive fans of a storyline that has been progressing for almost three years. We all know that in the zombie apocalypse show, death of characters can occur at any time.
There is life after TWD as proven by plenty of the actors, Jon Bernthal is successfully starring in Netflix’s The Punisher and Sonequa Martin-Green starring in Star Trek: Discovery. I believe that Lauren will succeed in whatever project she takes on.
Do you think AMC is doing the right thing, can the afford to lose Lauren Cohan? Should main characters receive the same pay regardless of gender? Let me know your feelings on this subject in the comments below.