The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan seems to be aiming to net other projects at a time when she is in the middle of a new contract negotiation.
Utilizing the time gap between the production of Season Eight and Season Nine of The Walking Dead, Cohan’s representatives have been in talks with AMC to get a higher paycheck for the actress who plays Maggie Rhee. While the discussions haven’t been favorable to the actress, she has been looking at a great deal of offers for new TV pilots. As reported by Deadline, she might be evaluating almost six shows already.
“There had been rumblings that Cohan had sought parity with her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who are paid significantly more than all of their female colleagues,” Nellie Andreeva wrote. “I hear that was brought up early on but was not made a make-or-break requirement for Cohan to come back as she had joined the show later than Lincoln and Reedus who, on average, appear in more scenes than just about anyone else on the series. I hear AMC offered Cohan a modest salary increase in exchange for a long-term contract, which was rejected, a standard practice in talent re-negotiations.”
This is quite surprising for the fans of the highly successful zombie series because Maggie was up and kicking when she was last seen. For the comic book fans, the development is even more unbelievable, because the character developed to become a key leader in the books and several years following the All Out War story had pitted Rick Grimes in a battle against Negan and the Saviors.
Such a variation, might not be as surprising though after the live-action portrayal of Robert Kirkman’s story had killed Carl Grimes, the character who is one of the key elements in the comic books.
With The Walking Dead Season Nine’s production approaching, Cohan’s team and AMC are probably going to try for an agreement failing which her character might face an outcome similar to Carl, Glenn and various other favorite characters while the actress approaches other options.
The Walking Dead Season 8’s second half will start on February 25th. Fear The Walking Dead Season Four will premiere after the end of The Walking Dead’s ongoing season, at 10 pm Eastern on April 15.