Lauren Cohan Returns as Series Regular on The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is bringing back a beloved fan-favorite. 

Lauren Cohan, who departed the hit AMC drama durings its ninth season, will return for the just-ordered 11th season. 

The news was revealed during the show's New York Comic-Con panel on Saturday when Cohan appeared on-stage to confirm the news. 

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The actress last appeared on The Walking Dead Season 9, exiting off-screen during a time-jump. It was then revealed that the character was away helping emerging communities. 

Cohan previously departed the series as a series regular, leaving many to wonder whether she would ever return. 

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The actress moved on to ABC's Whiskey Cavalier, but the series failed to garner much traction in the ratings. 

It was canceled following its first season, but the outcry from fans urged ABC to reconsider bringing the series back. Fortunately for fans who wanted Cohan back full-time on The Walking Dead, the series remained dead. 

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TWD Showrunner Angela Kang previously teased that she was working on bringing Cohan back into the fold during an interview with EW. 

“I’m not sure if I can say much about it right now, actually,” Kang told EW over the summer when asked about the possibility of Cohan returning. “I’ll just say that we’re working on it.”

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Maggie's final plot was governed by her thirst for revenge. On The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 5, she made her way to Alexandria to kill the man who killed the love of her life. 

However, Maggie realized that Negan was not the same man, and he was actually a shell of his former self, so she spared his life. 

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It's hard to imagine Maggie ever being friends with the man who changed the trajectory of her life for the worse. 

Fans will no doubt be cheering that Cohan is back as a series regular, but there will be a bit of a wait before we get to see her again on-screen. 

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The series regular status is effective from Season 11. The Walking Dead Season 10 debuts Sunday, so we're possibly looking at a wait of around a year to meet with Maggie again. 

That being said, Kang did not rule out a return for the character at the conclusion of the upcoming season. 

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