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The ‘will she or won’t she’ saga surrounding Lauren Cohan and her return to The Walking Dead for season 9 has finally reached an end tonight. Thank heavens!

If you’ll recall, a few months ago, we learned that the actress was fielding offers from other television shows, as her contract was due to expire at the end of season 8 and the network wasn’t willing to give her the pay raise she wanted. Shortly after that, however, it was reported that the two parties were about to strike a deal and everything was going to work out.

Then, things took another turn when sources said Cohan was “actively looking for her next role” and did not have a deal in place with AMC yet for season 9 of The Walking Dead. Now, however, it looks as if the actress was able to reach an agreement of some sort with the network, as she confirmed to Entertainment Weekly tonight that she will definitely be returning for more.

“Yes, I’m going back,” Cohan told EW. “There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.”

Indeed there is! And showrunner Scott Gimple has already teased what lies ahead for the character, hinting that she might take a villainous turn at some point.

“It looks like that to me. Lauren [Cohan] is so amazing in that scene [in the finale]. She’s full Maggie Corleone.

Season 9 of The Walking Dead will likely begin filming in the coming weeks ahead of its return in October. The question, really, is whether fans can expect Maggie Rhee to switch allegiances and become the series’ next major villain. Alas, only time will tell, but feel free to leave your comments in the usual place down below.

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During the recent Walking Dead season 8 finale, Jeffery Dean Morgan’s uber villain Negan was at last defeated by Rick and his assembled allies from the different communities. Though his reign of terror is over, Negan still lives on, as Rick decided to prove that he was the better man by showing him mercy. As such, fans can definitely expect more from the bad guy in future.

Seeing as there’s still stuff to explore with the character, then, could Negan potentially get his own spinoff series at some point? If it was up to Morgan, it’d certainly happen, as while talking to Fandom, the actor – who’s been a part of the zombie drama since season 6 – revealed that he’d like a prequel series for his character. Among other things, it could explore his life before the apocalypse, revealing how he became the sadistic tyrant that made the Alexandrians’ lives a living hell.

“I would like to see Negan before the zombie apocalypse. Robert Kirkman has done a little bit of thought on the Negan pre-zombie apocalypse, and I would be more than happy to see that. I would like to take part in some filming of that. I think that would help explain this character a great deal. Because, unfortunately, the way things go with so many characters and storylines, we don’t see enough — and I think that that is needed, especially when you have a character like Negan.”

What Morgan’s referring to is Here‘s Negan, a 16 issue comic book series written by TWD creator Robert Kirkman that explored Negan’s past as an average high school gym teacher (one with anger management issues). The comic also reveals the details of his wife and how she still affects him to this day.

As Morgan says, we hardly know anything about the character’s personal history in the TV show, so fans would no doubt love to see him fleshed out in future appearances. Even if a prequel or a spinoff isn’t on the cards, though, exploring Negan is still of the utmost importance to both the character and the show itself, according to Morgan.

“[We’ve had] a little bit more this season, which is nice, but I’d like to see more. I think it’s important not only for the development of the character but I think the show. So we’ll see.”

Now that Negan isn’t an active threat, could we see more of his past come to light in season 9? Time will tell, but we’ll remain hopeful and will keep you posted should we hear anything further on the matter ahead of The Walking Dead‘s return to AMC this fall.



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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 posed the question to outgoing showrunner – and new Chief Content Officer – Scott M. Gimple and got an unsurprisingly cryptic reply in return. The writer/producer did stop short of ruling out a possible comeback for the character, but said the following:

“Hmm. I will say definitively, he’s not dead, so you never know. But I shan’t go deeper into it than that.”

I know we should know better by now than to expect the show to follow the comic books too slavishly, but Dwight’s significant ongoing role in Robert Kirkman’s source material does suggest that he won’t stay away from the assembled communities forever. Seeing as it feels like there’s more to do with his character – both in terms of adapting the comics and following the TV version’s own trajectory – we wouldn’t be surprised if he returned immediately next season.

The Walking Dead season 9, now under the purview of latest showrunner Angela Kang, will apparently enjoy “renewed vigor, vitality [and] energy,” according to star Andrew Lincoln. Look for it to hit AMC this fall.



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Given that it’s probably the biggest show on cable at the moment – even despite the dwindling ratings – it’s not surprising that AMC wants to milk The Walking Dead for as long as it can. I mean, apparently they don’t even have an ending planned for it yet and there are also significant changes on the horizon for season 9. So significant, in fact, that it’s said that it’ll feel like a new show.

With no end in sight, then and the network claiming that The Walking Dead could outlive us all, it’s really no surprise to hear that at some point, the property may be headed to the big screen. That’s according to showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who was asked about the chances of it happening in a recent interview and didn’t rule it out.

Granted, he didn’t outright confirm that a film will ever materialize, either, but did seem open to the idea, at least. Here’s what he said:

Hmm, I mean, that kind of variety, that’s we’re talking about. All the differences of the ways we tell the story, yeah, what we can feature and all that. There’s a whole universe of possibilities.

Of course, it will likely be several years before a movie ever comes to fruition. We suppose they could do something while the show is still on air (maybe a spinoff of some sort, which could introduce characters who eventually crossover?), but the best bet seems to be putting together a big screen outing once the series is done its run on television. Either way, it’s nice to hear that Gimple isn’t opposed to it.

Just think of the possibilities when it comes to the violence and language if the producers aren’t held back by the restrictions placed on them at AMC. An R-rated Walking Dead film could take things to a whole new level as far as the blood and gore go, not to mention the increased budget could go a long way, too.

Suffice it to say, there are a plethora of reasons as to why we should be excited for a Walking Dead movie, and it’s great to hear that it’s at least on the table. Even if it’d be a long ways away.



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The Walking Dead wrapped up its eighth season last Sunday, finally bringing the long-running conflict with the Saviors to an end. You’d think that would give the ratings for AMC’s zombie drama a boost, then, but it turns out that many viewers just weren’t as hyped for this closer as in previous years. In fact, “Wrath” was the least-watched TWD finale since back in season 1.

In terms of season 8 itself, the finale’s total of 7.9 million viewers is pretty impressive, as it’s a fair bit more than the average 6-7 million that most 2017-2018 episodes have achieved. However, in the context of the entire show, that’s just over 30% down from season 7’s finale a year ago and, like mentioned above, is the second lowest rating for a TWD finale since the first season only drew 5.97 million viewers back in December 2010.

Any Walking Dead fans worrying about the future of the franchise can rest easy, however, as it’s definitely not going anywhere. The producers are keeping their lips sealed on what exactly’s coming in season 9, but – if the comic books are anything to go by – they’ll likely introduce a new storyline that will take several seasons to unfold. It’ll probably have something to do with the Whisperers, too.

On the bright side, Fear the Walking Dead‘s season 4 premiere got its highest rating since its very first episode back in 2016. That’s undoubtedly because it saw the first crossover between Fear and its parent show, with Lennie James’ Morgan Jones joining the cast (and cameos for a bunch of other characters, too). In total, the premiere drew 4.1 million viewers, which is second only to the 6.67 that tuned in for the series’ pilot.

The Walking Dead is now on its usual summer break before it returns in the Fall. Fear the Walking Dead, meanwhile, is currently unfolding on Sundays on AMC in its place.



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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? ComicBook.com 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 get that far with the Whisperers. I know that they skin zombies and wear them and that’s the deal. They move through the land looking like the undead but they’re talking, whispering. That’s super cool.”

Lincoln went on to explain that he’s heard a lot of exciting things about the group and in particular, their leader, who’s known as Alpha. He admitted that he doesn’t yet know if a TV appearance is on the cards, or even if the show will implement the comic’s time jump which moved the action ahead a few years after Negan’s defeat. The only thing Lincoln is pretty sure will happen is that there will be lots of in-fighting between the different communities.

“I don’t know if we’re going there but I hope we are because I think it’s extraordinary. Everybody keeps talking about Alpha being the most bad-ass of bad-ass but we’ll see. I don’t know if we’re gonna pick up directly or after a time jump but certainly those scenes could be… The vision that Carl had for the future, this Utopian dream, I don’t think it’s gonna be a happy journey towards that. There seems to be a lot of descent between the communities in that last act of last night’s episode.”

Despite the actor’s uncertainty, fans believe that the season 8 finale already teased the incoming arrival of the Whisperers. On the hill which was the site of the final battle against the Saviors, a horde of walkers could be seen in the distance. It could be that these were really Whisperers wearing their distinctive zombie face masks. The wooden poles that marked the field also recalled the method that the Whisperers used to mark their territory in the comics.

Until any further updates arise, we’ll just have to wait and see what The Walking Dead season 9 brings. In the meantime, though, Fear the Walking Dead is now taking its place every Sunday on AMC.



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Fans tend to treat the actors who play their favourite movie and TV heroes with a lot of love and respect, so it stands to reason that they would treat the stars who bring the most evil villains to life on screen with contempt and hatred. For example, one of the biggest bad guys in pop culture right now is The Walking Dead‘s Negan, as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Unfortunately for him, though, it seems audience members hold him accountable for his character’s crimes.

While speaking to The Independent, Morgan was asked if he was haunted by Negan, at all. He replied “absolutely” before revealing that people in the street often either give him a hard time or just straight up fling abuse at him because of his villainous TV role.

“I’m kind of the opposite. I don’t want to say I’m a super nice guy all the time, I don’t want to screw up anybody’s nefarious bastard outlook on me, but I am not the character that I play on television… Really I have people look at me as if I am going to take out a baseball bat and crack them in the head at any given moment so as much as I kind of like that respect that I get now, or maybe lack thereof – I get a lot of ‘screw yous’, only not that nice, from across the street.”

“I can see men come up to me and size themselves up, like they are going to take a swing at me because I maybe hurt one of their favourite characters on television, which I always find slightly amusing. And God forbid if I look on social media and the hate that I get there.”

Morgan’s a tough guy, though, so he’s managed to mostly take it in stride. He understands that many people get invested in The Walking Dead and it’s also his most famous role, as it’s the one he’s most associated with. Plus, he did say that he does encounter “nice people,” too, who’ve followed his career and understand that he isn’t just Negan.

“When you’re playing a nefarious bastard that kind of comes with the territory and you have to embrace that and I have. I think that a lot of people have maybe followed my career and those are the nice people but if you were just a Walking Dead fan then you pretty much hate my guts.”

It’s possible that Morgan’s abuse from fans might abate a little now, as yesterday’s season 8 finale of the AMC zombie drama finally brought Negan’s reign of terror to an end. In a shocking move, however, Rick decided to spare the head Savior’s life, so it’s possible that the villain will cause more havoc in the future. Although, if the TV show broadly follows the path of the comics, Negan should be safely locked away for the foreseeable future.

That said, Morgan is still stretching his legs as other villains in different projects, so that might not do anything to dispel his public image as a bad guy. For instance, The Walking Dead actor can be seen in Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, which is in cinemas now.



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How does Morgan Jones make it all the way from The Walking Dead to Fear the Walking Dead? The Zen Master certainly found himself on a massive journey, both physically and mentally. Ever since we learned about it, fans have been waiting for the day that would see AMC’s zombie spinoff finally crossover with its flagship series. That day has finally come.

Fans have long theorized about how such an event could take place. One of the most popular theories suggested that Madison Clark, Fear The Walking Dead‘s protagonist, would become the Whisperer leader Alpha. The theory presumed that Madison and her children would travel to Virginia, finding themselves on The Walking Dead as the catalyst for the Whisperer War. Another theory assumed that Abraham Ford would be the likely link between the two shows. But ultimately, it’s Morgan who has created a bridge between the two shows.

Related: Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere Review

Morgan’s struggle with mental illness has been a focus of several episodes throughout the series. Much like Carol when she fled Alexandria in Season 6, Morgan left the group to come to grips with his trauma. He spent some time living in Jadis’ vacated garbage dump, but after constant visits from his friends entreating him to come back home, he was driven to put more distance between himself and the others. Morgan set out walking (and then running), and didn’t stop until he came across a lonely man (John Dorie) and a pushy journalist (Althea) in the middle of nowhere on Fear The Walking Dead.

This ragtag group then comes across a woman who has fallen to the ground, apparently injured, but when they stop to help her it turns out that this woman is actually Alicia Clark – and she’s tricked them into walking right into an ambush! Luciana, Nick and Strand are also present, and the episode ends with Alicia holding a knife to Althea’s throat. It looks like Fear the Walking Dead has made a big time skip to catch up with The Walking Dead, and a lot has happened during that time. Expect plenty of flashbacks this season to explain exactly what Alicia the others’ “story” is.

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In the comic books, Morgan is long dead, having fallen victim to a walker bite when the herd breached the gates of Alexandria. In the context of the show, this would have taken place back in season 6, so Morgan’s survival made him a bit of wild card. One of Rick’s group members did in fact disappear after the brutality of All Out War. After dating and losing both Morgan and King Ezekiel, Michonne took off and found herself leading the life of a pirate with the members of Oceanside, but eventually returned to Alexandria to aid in the fight against the Whisperers. Morgan has seemingly stepped up to fill in for Michonne’s comic book role, which could put a twist on the Whisperer theory, as Madison’s group could show up just in time to save the day – rather than being the villains themselves.

For years, fans suspected a crossover between The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead was basically inevitable. And for years, those directly involved with the two series constantly shut down any hopes viewers had about the two worlds potentially colliding. In 2015, Robert Kirkman proclaimed the idea of a crossover illogical. Just last year, Fear The Walking Dead star Daniel Sharman (Troy Otto) called a crossover a “bad idea.” Let’s hope that he was wrong, and Morgan’s journey from the original show to its spinoff serves to make both shows more interesting.

More: Lennie James Could Return In Future Walking Dead Season



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Prior to AMC’s crossover event, Morgan Jones and Madison Clark are two names you weren’t likely to find in the same sentence. And yet here we are.

Later tonight, the Powers That Be will bring together the worlds of The Walking Dead and its sister series, Fear The Walking Dead, in spectacular fashion. Morgan Jones, a long-time veteran of the zombie drama, is bound for Texas, where he’ll forge an uneasy alliance with Madison Clark, but it seems as if Lennie James’ TWD stalwart won’t be the only one to make the jump between shows.

As has long been suspected, he’ll only be the first to crossover, with AMC confirming tonight that more Walking Dead characters will appear on Fear at some point in the future. Further details on who else may join Jones and when we can expect to see him get some familiar company haven’t been made available, but the guessing game has already begun amongst fans.

Unfortunately, it’ll likely be some time before we learn about anymore crossovers, as AMC no doubt wants to keep the focus firmly on Morgan Jones at the moment, but change is clearly afoot for Fear the Walking Dead and creator Robert Kirkman has already warned viewers that season 4 will “shake things up” in a major way:

“There’s going to be a lot of really great stuff for Lennie James to do,” he said. “Lennie James’ presence with that established cast in Fear the Walking Dead is going to change everything for them, and give them so much more new stuff to play off of, and really change the story in an interesting way that I feel like is going to kick start that show, and really get the engines roaring on that one.

I don’t want to spoil anything story-wise, but we are changing things a great deal. It’s going to be a much different show that is not going to alienate any viewers that have been enjoying the show from season 1 to 3, but will give those people new things to love, and new characters to latch onto. It’s really going to shake things up.”

Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead, which has arguably generated more excitement than the last three seasons combined, is expected to hit the airwaves later tonight (April 15th) – just after The Walking Dead reaches its yearly finale with the super-sized “Wrath.”



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Bringing Morgan Jones over to Fear The Walking Dead was not only a carefully orchestrated collaboration, but it was also Lennie James’ decision to leave The Walking Dead behind for pastures anew.

The actor admitted that the historic crossover can be traced back to a conversation he had with Scott Gimple, executive producer and former showrunner of The Walking Dead who has since been tasked with overseeing the entire AMC franchise.

And though James is now getting ready to make the jump over to Fear, it seems as if we shouldn’t rule out a return to the hit series for him at some point in the future. Speaking to Hollywood Life ahead of tonight’s big double-header, the actor was asked if Morgan will one day be back on The Walking Dead, and here’s what he had to say:

“Somebody asked Andy [Lincoln] this question, so I am gonna go with his answer because it seems to be a safe answer because it’s already kind of out there. As Andy says, I don’t think the story between, about the relationship between Rick and Morgan, is over yet.”

Though far from firm confirmation that we’ll see James’ character return, we imagine that if there really was no chance for him to show up on The Walking Dead again, he would’ve just come out and said that. As such, the fact that both him and Lincoln have played coy on the topic leads us to believe that perhaps there’s something in the works.

Chalk that up as speculation for now, though, as AMC hasn’t commented on the matter just yet, and likely won’t for some time. At the moment, the focus is clearly being kept on the big night ahead of us tonight, when the two zombie dramas will collide in spectacular fashion, as The Walking Dead season 8 reaches its conclusion and Fear The Walking Dead season 4 begins, paving the way for a seamless transition between one show and the next.



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