“The Walking Dead” returns this week for the second half of its most zombie-filled season yet. Ahead of the highly anticipated midseason return, one of the principal stars of the hit AMC drama is sharing some minor details about what fans can expect both from the show and her character going forward.
Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) has had an emotionally fraught time in Season 6 already. Not only did she figure out she’s pregnant, but she also had to deal with her husband, Glenn (Steven Yeun), going missing not long after. With the Alexandria safe-haven overrun and her still not reunited with the father of her child, the actress teased that things won’t get easier for her character this season. Deanna's (Tovah Feldshuh) absence and Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) need for someone to help him rebuild what they lost will only add to the chaos.
“What we will see in the second half of this season is the quadrant that Maggie is going to lead and the ways she does it,” the actress told the crowd at an AOL Build panel in New York City on Tuesday. “There’s a moment that Rick will turn to her and say: ‘You need to start doing this now, I’m relying on you for this.’ And Deanna told me this and she was right and I see it now. That’s what you need to do.’”
It seems that Maggie will take on more of a leadership role in the coming episodes, which makes sense since action-packed walker mayhem isn’t necessarily the best activity for a pregnant woman. However, that doesn’t mean that the new episodes will see the show’s action, gore and violence watered down. The actress made bold claims about some upcoming things never before seen on “The Walking Dead.”
“It’s pretty crazy. It’s probably the most violent second half we’ve ever had. We talk about the intensity of the show a lot, but,” the actress had to stop herself before revealing too much. “Yeah, we lose some.... things, and we find some new places to be that are potentially very, very long-term. I know we’ve seen us go through a lot of huge challenges, but Alexandria seems like a good place for this group.”
The reveal of more violence in Season 6 isn’t exactly surprising given the announcement that the infamous villain from the comic books, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), will be introduced in the last episode. However, his group of followers, referred to in the comics as “Saviors,” have already been introduced. It seems that, with Alexandria no longer the safe-haven it once was, Maggie and the gang will brush up against the sadistic criminals in some way, shape or form before Negan makes his way onscreen.
“The Walking Dead” returns on Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.