Lauren Cohan stars as Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead / Picture Credit: AMC
Lauren Cohan stars as Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead / Picture Credit: AMC

A little earlier this year, US network AMC announced that The Walking Dead would be coming to a close with its 11th season, which would be an extended run at a total of 24 episodes. The news came as a slight shock to fans, but the upset was diluted a little with the announcement that further spin-offs from the main series would keep the franchise alive.

Now that those involved in the show know that it'll be coming to an end, some have been opening up about how they'd like their characters to end up when all is said and done.

Lauren Cohan has been with the series since her character Maggie Rhee was introduced, all the way back in 2011. In that decade, she's provided some of the most emotional scenes the show has ever seen, especially since the murder of her partner Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Chatting with NME, Cohan said she'd love the finale to feature a time jump of epic proportions. She explained: “It would be really, really fun if we got to do a 40-year time jump. You sort of peel back and start on a close-up of some very elderly hands and it takes a minute to figure out whose they are. Once you realise whose [hands] they are, where they are and where the world is now and what that means and who’s with her... maybe it’s her final days. Maybe she doesn’t die by a zombie? That’s an idea.”

Maggie hadn't actually been seen for some time following Season 9, due to Cohan's filming commitments to another series and a row over her contract and pay. As a fan-favourite character, knowing she's now making her return has got everybody excited.

Exactly how much of a role she's going to play moving forward remains to be seen, but if the producers are going by audience demand, she should be central to the series' overall conclusion.

Season 10 of The Walking Dead was originally scheduled to conclude in April 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic threw post-production back and meant that the latest episode was only released this past weekend (October 4th, 2020).

An additional six episodes have also been added to the season, which will broadcast in early 2021.

RELATED: Why The Walking Dead is still a great show despite low ratings and criticism

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