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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan Says She Will Return for Season 9

‘The Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan Says She Will Return for Season 9
The Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan is returning for Season 9, she said Tuesday night at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

“I’m going back,” Cohan said, according to EW, during a panel promoting her movie “Mile 22.”

“There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell,” she said, adding that she couldn’t give away anything about the Season 9 plot. “You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it’s good.”

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Whether or not Cohan, who plays Maggie on the longstanding zombie drama, would return for Season 9 has been up in the air after co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus signed on, and she held out for a better contract. As Khary Payton, who plays Kingdom leader Ezekiel, put it on Instagram: “Pay the woman.”

Uncertainty to Maggie’s future on the show intensified when Cohan was cast in the ABC pilot “Whiskey Cavalier,” in which she plays a CIA agent working with Scott Foley’s FBI character. Whether or not it will be picked up to series has not yet been announced. If it is picked up, scheduling might be tricky in concurrence with “The Walking Dead”‘s shooting schedule, which begins next week.

In the Season 8 finale, Maggie is still leading the Hilltop, and she seems pretty unhappy with Rick (Lincoln)’s decision to keep Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) alive. And if we’re comparing to the comics, there’s plenty more Maggie story to tell.

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Emmys 2018 exclusive: AMC and Sundance categories for ‘McMafia,’ ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for AMC and Sundance. While AMC does not have perennial favorite “Better Call Saul” eligible for this cycle, they do have new drama contender “McMafia” (starring James Norton), returning drama “The Walking Dead” (Andrew Lincoln) and limited series “The Terror” (Jared Harris). Sundance has limited series “Top of the Lake: China Girl” among their 2018 contenders.

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Below, the list of AMC and Sundance lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series plus unscripted programs. More names might be added by the network before final Emmy paperwork deadlines. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

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Lauren Cohan Returning to The Walking Dead for Season 9

Lauren Cohan Returning to The Walking Dead for Season 9
What would The Walking Dead look like without Maggie? You don't have to wonder that any longer. E! News has confirmed Lauren Cohan is returning to The Walking Dead as Maggie Greene for season nine. AMC confirmed the news, but did not specify if her role had changed. "I'm going back," Cohan told EW. "There's a lot more Maggie story to tell." The season ended with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) showing Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) mercy, not ending his life, but instead throwing him in a cell. Maggie, back at the Hilltop, was furious with the decision and vowed Rick and his team will be shown the error of their ways. Will season nine be Maggie vs. Rick? "You know we're not...
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The Walking Dead Boss Teases Possible Return For Dwight

The Walking Dead season 8 finale bucked the trend of the infamously bloodthirsty zombie drama and ended up not killing any major characters. That was the whole point, after all, as it was about Rick deciding to live up to Carl’s final wish and let his mercy prevail over his wrath. That said, one person who looked to be written out of the series was former-Savior-turned-ally Dwight, as played by Austin Amelio.

If you recall, a repentant Dwight left his life in Daryl’s hands. Despite their antagonistic history, Daryl let his old enemy live and encouraged him to find his wife, Sherry. The last time we saw him, Dwight had discovered a note from her at their house, suggesting that he was going to reunite with her eventually.

So, is this the conclusion of Dwight’s story in The Walking Dead? It was pretty open-ended, after all. TV Line
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‘The Walking Dead’ creator on how show’s timeline connects with ‘Fear Twd’ crossover: Answers are ‘vaguely’ coming

‘The Walking Dead’ creator on how show’s timeline connects with ‘Fear Twd’ crossover: Answers are ‘vaguely’ coming
Now that “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” have had their highly anticipated crossover, how do the shows’ two timelines actually sync up? That’s the question “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick asked creator Robert Kirkman soon after the crossover event aired on AMC. “There’s been a lot of time that’s passed since ‘Fear’ Season 3, since we’ve seen those characters,” Kirkman revealed. “There’s actually been some time that’s passed between the last time we saw Morgan [Lennie James] in ‘Twd’ Season 8 and now that we’re catching up to him in ‘Fear’ Season 4. And you know we’ll vaguely explore exactly how much time that was without ever nailing it down.”

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Producer Scott M. Gimple chimed in, “There was the amount of time to grow an eggplant,
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Andrew Lincoln Teases How Long He’ll Play Rick For On The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead season 8 marked the end of an era for the hit AMC zombie drama in many ways. Within the show itself, it saw the threat of Negan and the Saviors finally dealt with after three seasons, while behind the scenes, it also served as the last episode overseen by showrunner Scott Gimple, who’s handing the baton over to new head writer Angela Kang for season 9.

Someone who’s very excited for the future of the series is Twd star Andrew Lincoln. The actor has worked with several showrunners over the years, but it’s clear that he’s happy that things are changing once again as he told that Kang’s tenure will give The Walking Dead a renewed energy. He also teased that the next season may link back to the pilot episode in some form.

“I’m very excited about Angela [Kang]’s tenure.
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Andrew Lincoln Teases Rick And Michonne Having Kids On The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead season 8 was tough on Rick Grimes, to say the least. Though the finale saw him best Negan at last, the war with the Saviors cost him the life of his son Carl along the way. And while the former sheriff will always miss him, could that hole be filled with more children in future seasons? Perhaps Rick and Michonne could try for a baby of their own at some point?

This was the question posed to star Andrew Lincoln recently. In response, the British actor joked that he’s pretty sure the couple have at least been spending some quality time together now that peace has been restored. “I think that’s all they’ve been doing during the hiatus,” he said.

This isn’t the first time that Lincoln has spoken about the possibility of Rick and Michonne having kids. Last year, he seemed very enthused about the idea.
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Did 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Tease the Season 9 Villains?

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Did 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Tease the Season 9 Villains?
The season 8 finale of The Walking Dead marked the end of the bloodshed between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan.) As Carl's vision seemingly comes to fruition, it looks like better days are ahead for Rick and his crew. However, there also seems to be another big threat around the corner.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers for season 9.
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Why Rick and Negan's Conversation in The Walking Dead's Finale Doesn't End With Death

Spoilers for The Walking Dead below!

Is it just us, or did The Walking Dead's eighth season feel like it lasted an eternity? Sunday night finally marked the end of the AMC zombie drama's lengthy "All Out War" storyline, resulting in a tense and blood-soaked season finale. Although there's certainly some gore throughout "Wrath," the series decided to buck tradition and leave all the major characters alive as we head into season nine.

Yes, even Negan.

Toward the end of the finale, the leather-jacket- and monologue-loving villain played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan has his showdown with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), and some fans were a little shocked at how their interaction ends. Despite Rick's repeated vows to murder the Savior leader as revenge for what he did to Glenn and Abraham in the season seven premiere, Negan's life is spared (though he doesn't make it out of the situation unscathed
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‘The Walking Dead’ Finale Ratings Fall To Lowest Since Season 1; ‘Fear’ Debut Rises

No one’s going to start writing an obituary for The Walking Dead anytime soon, but compared with past years, Sunday’s Season 8 finale was almost the least-watched of the AMC zombie apocalypse series. On the flip side, spinoff Fear the Walking Dead opened its fourth season right after with viewership it hasn't seen since 2016. Pulling in 7.9 million viewers, the April 15 "Wrath" episode of Twd that saw the All-Out War showdown between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the…
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‘The Walking Dead 8×16: Wrath’ Review

With this week’s episode of The Walking Dead said to be a finale of the previous 8 seasons, expectations were that something big was going to happen. What we were given may have provided this, but also highlighted some issues with the series going forward, but was it a satisfactory finale?

With Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies getting ready for the finale stand against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviours, they are unaware they are walking into a trap. Will Negan win out, or are the odds finally against him?

In this season there have been many storylines that have tested the audience’s connection to certain characters. With Rick acting just as bad as Negan, and Negan almost showing himself to be morally above Rick, just who should win? The answer of course lies in Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) wishes.

I’ll admit that I’m not
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Andrew Lincoln Addresses If The Walking Dead Will Introduce The Whisperers Next Year

The Walking Dead season 8 reached its thrilling finale last night, bringing the long-running conflict with Negan and his Saviors to a close. So, what’s the logical next step for the series, then? Well, those who’ve read Robert Kirkman’s comic books might have an idea. After the “All-Out War” wrapped in the source material, the next major threat Rick and his friends faced was the twisted community known as the Whisperers.

But what are the chances of the group appearing in season 9 of the TV show? asked star Andrew Lincoln about that and the man who’s played Rick Grimes for the past eight years revealed that, while he hasn’t read about it in the comics, he is familiar with the Whisperers and would be interested to see them in the series.

“I haven’t actually read that in the comic book. I didn’t
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The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln On Why Rick Spared Negan

Coming out of last night’s gripping, edge-of-your-seat finale for The Walking Dead, fans were left with a bevy of questions to mull over ahead of season 9. But if there’s one ‘loose end’ that left some viewers yelling at their television sets, it’s Rick’s decision to ultimately spare Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) just before the credits rolled.

It’s a question that was presented to Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, on the most recent installment of Talking Dead, where “Wrath” was picked apart and analyzed for all to see. In the end, season 8 of The Walking Dead was the story of Rick and Carl’s father-son relationship, which goes some way to explaining why restraint ultimately prevailed over revenge.

I think we’re telling a story about restraint rather than revenge. We’re telling a story about a love between a father and a son not a
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'Walking Dead' Boss Forecasts the Future for Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the Franchise

[This story contains spoilers from the season eight finale of AMC's The Walking Dead, "Wrath," as well as the comics from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard on which the show is based.]

"There was a war. We won."

From the open road of a different show, Morgan Jones (Lennie James) encapsulates the final takeaway from season eight of The Walking Dead, "Wrath," which brought about an end to the ongoing war between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). In the finale, Rick thwarted Negan and the Saviors (with an explosive assist from Josh McDermitt's...
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Twitter Is Having a Meltdown About Rick's Shocking Decision in The Walking Dead Finale

Spoilers for The Walking Dead's season eight finale below!

Well, you guys, we did it - we survived until the end of The Walking Dead's seemingly never-ending "All-Out War" storyline. The long-awaited conclusion to season eight finally reached its climax on Sunday night, and the episode definitely takes some unexpected turns. In a refreshing twist, none of the major characters die, which as any Twd fan knows, is a rarity. Instead, we only have to say goodbye to Morgan (Lennie James), who's venturing over to Fear the Walking Dead. That's not to say things don't get bloody, though.

Although the Alexandria and Hill Top communities are outnumbered by the Saviors, they get a surprising reprieve in the form of Eugene (Josh McDermitt), who, it turns out, has been making defective ammunition for Negan at the Sanctuary all this time. This allows our heroes to prevail and results in
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‘Walking Dead’ Finale: Rick Failed Carl, and Doesn’t Deserve the Moral High Ground (Commentary)

‘Walking Dead’ Finale: Rick Failed Carl, and Doesn’t Deserve the Moral High Ground (Commentary)
(Spoilers ahead for the season 8 finale of “The Walking Dead”)

There was a moment there, at the final throwdown between Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln), that I thought Rick had actually killed Negan.

I was hardly alone in thinking that. Rick finally got Negan to let his guard down by talking about Carl (Chandler Riggs), and then he slashed Negan’s throat with a piece of glass. Negan was lying there on the grass bleeding out for like a minute as Rick turned away from him to talk to his people.

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I don’t have any idea how I’m supposed to interpret “Rick takes a piece of glass and cuts Negan’s throat with it” as anything other than a murder attempt. That a minute later he had somebody patch him up doesn’t change that.

And, like, that’s fine. If the folks behind “The Walking Dead” wanna conclude this story by having Rick murder Negan or try and fail to murder Negan then that’s up to them — it may not be overly satisfying from a narrative perspective after 8 episodes of people crying about Carl the Pacifist, but it would probably be a sincere thing. But that’s not what happened. The show, judging by the incredibly self-righteous speech Rick immediately turns around and gives indicates that how I interpreted this sequence — as a murder attempt — was not what they were going for. That Rick slashing Negan’s neck with a piece of glass was somehow Rick intentionally making a disabling move rather than a lethal one.

But I don’t buy it for one second. The language of movies and TV says if you cut somebody’s throat like that they’re going to die and you were trying to kill them. The exception would be if the character doing the slashing has demonstrated such skill with a blade that they could intentionally slice somebody’s neck wide open without killing them — a skill Rick has certainly never demonstrated.

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So Rick tries to murder Negan, and then he turns around and recites Carl’s ideology of peace to everybody like he hadn’t just specifically done what Carl asked him not to.

“What happened, what we did, what we lost, there’s gotta be something after. The ones who have ‘em up, put your hands down. We’re all gonna go home now. Negan’s alive. But his way of doing things is over. And anyone who can’t live with that will pay the price, I promise you that. And any person here who would live in peace and fairness, who would find common ground, this world is yours, by right. We are life. That’s death!” Rick said, referring to a crowd of zombies down the hill. “And it’s coming for us, unless we stand together! So go home. Then the work begins. The new world begins. All this… all this is just what was. There’s gotta be something after.”

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There’s no remorse from Rick there that he almost screwed the whole thing up by murdering Negan 30 seconds earlier. Rick doesn’t acknowledge that he didn’t spare Negan; he just got lucky that he didn’t open up his throat so badly that their primitive medical knowledge wouldn’t be able to save him. After a season of bloodlust in which Rick continually demonstrated an unwillingness to even try to make peace with Negan — remember, it was Michonne (Danai Gurira) who pitched Negan on peace by reading Carl’s letter to him last week — he still didn’t until after the war was over, after Negan lay on the ground bleeding to death because Rick tried to murder him in the moment of truth, actually try to embrace Carl’s rhetoric.

That’s not earned. Rick was a moral failure this whole season, right to the very end. And when that end came, Rick got back up on his high horse and tried to pretend otherwise with yet another of his sanctimonious speeches.

Rick didn’t earn it this time, though, and it drives me absolutely crazy that the show would try to claim otherwise.

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‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Rick ends the war with Negan in Season 8 finale, ‘Wrath’

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Rick ends the war with Negan in Season 8 finale, ‘Wrath’
“All Out War” has enveloped Season 8 of “The Walking Dead.” In Sunday’s epic season finale, “Wrath,” the two sides clashed in one last fight. Alliances were tested, emotions were high, and viewers were treated to one hell of a boss battle. Read the recap below to discover the shocking way the war was ended, and how a new confrontation might be brewing.

Preparing for Battle – As Hilltop gears up for war, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) mutters “I remember” to himself. He sees a flashback of holding a young Carl’s hand as father and son walk down a country road. Back in the present, Rick tucks in Judith and examines himself in the mirror. He seems to be asking himself if he’s lived up to his son’s memory. Siddiq (Avi Nash) walks in on him, and Rick implores the new recruit to give the full story about how his son died.
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Did ‘The Walking Dead’ Just Hint at Future Villains, the Whisperers?

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Did ‘The Walking Dead’ Just Hint at Future Villains, the Whisperers?
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Season 8 finale of “The Walking Dead.”)

The Walking Dead” finally produced the showdown fans have been waiting for between Rick and Negan, bringing an end to the “All-Out War” story.

The final battle between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) saw Rick finally coming out victorious and deposing the Saviors. Although Rick and Negan didn’t kill each other, it does mean that going into Season 9 there’s no clear villain for Rick and his crew to fight against.

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The finale did hint at potential conflict brewing between Rick and his people — specifically, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan). But it might also have suggested a new group of baddies that appeared in the comics and, up to now, haven’t shown up in the show.

That faction of bad guys is known as the Whisperers. They’re unique among the villainous factions in “The Walking Dead” comics. Rather than living in walled colonies or outposts like Alexandria or the Sanctuary, the Whisperers have adapted to life among the walkers. They disguise themselves as the dead and live among the herd, using them as an army and as protection. They’re called “the Whisperers” because they never speak louder than a whisper so as to stay hidden among the zombies.

The Season 8 finale might have suggested that the Whisperers are near. Before the final battle with Negan, Rick and his crew of fighters spotted a massive herd of walkers — bigger than anything they’d ever seen before. Rick remarked that things were changing in their world. He’d be right if that herd was actually the home to a brutal group of new enemies, hidden among the dead.

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There’s another potential hint about the Whisperers hidden in the episode, as well. As Rick and his team head to the battle, they pass a series of fence posts. While these might just be the remnant of an old fence, they may also be a marker placed by the Whisperers. In the comics, the Whisperers use posts and pikes to mark their territory against intruders. It’s possible Rick just stumbled onto their border.

The Whisperers wear the skins and faces of the dead in order to blend in, and they’re pretty brutal in general. When they encounter the Alexandrians in the comics, the Whisperers cut off a few heads and plant them on pikes to warn Rick and his people to stay out of their territory. Eventually, there’s a huge war between Rick and his people and the Whisperers.

It seemed like the TV version of “The Walking Dead” meant to skip the Whisperers entirely, though. For one thing, a big part of the Whisperers story in the comics is Carl (Chandler Riggs), who isn’t dead in the comics but is on the TV show. In the comics, Carl strikes up a relationship with Lydia, the daughter of Whisperers leader Alpha. Without Carl, the Whisperers story would have to change significantly.

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There’s also that helicopter that kept showing up in Season 8, and Georgie (Jayne Atkinson), who offered to give knowledge to the Hilltop in exchange for music and other amenities. Those elements seem to hint at another faction from the comics: the Commonwealth, a settlement Rick’s people discover only after their war with the Whisperers.

So it’s a bit of a toss-up where the show is headed next, especially with Maggie and Daryl hinting they might try to overthrow Rick, something that’s not in the comics. But with Negan still alive (something that does happen in the comics), it’s possible the show is still setting up the Whisperers. Negan has a big role to play in the war, and it forces him and Rick to grudgingly work together. That would make sense for a future arc for the fan-loved, and fan-hated, bad guy of Season 8.

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'Walking Dead' Creator Explains Season 8 Finale Twist: It's a "Huge Turning Point"

[This story contains spoilers from the season eight finale of AMC's The Walking Dead and the comic book series the show is based on.]

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman used his time on Talking Dead to address the surprising end to the "All-Out War" arc in the AMC zombie drama's eighth season. 

After two seasons of battles, the clash between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) came to a game-changing end during Sunday's season eight finale. Rather than killing the man who murdered Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), among countless others, Rick opted to honor his late...
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'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Lennie James on Morgan's New Journey: "It Won't Be Easy"

[This story contains spoilers from the season four premiere of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the season eight finale of The Walking Dead.]

"You can hide, but you can't run."

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) provides these sage words of wisdom to Morgan Jones (Lennie James) early on in the Fear the Walking Dead season four premiere, in what will quite possibly be the final scene these two old friends will ever share. Despite winning the war against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors in Sunday's The Walking Dead season eight finale, Morgan couldn't...
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