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Here’s when Maggie is leaving The Walking Dead season 9 – and if she’ll be back

The Walking Dead season 9 (opens in new tab)is undergoing a fair few changes, to put it mildly. Not only is there a new villain on the way (opens in new tab), but both Rick and Maggie are departing the show very, very soon. We’ve heard plenty about Andrew Lincoln saying his goodbyes (opens in new tab) but, as of yet, very little from Lauren Cohan – until now. She’s even gone as far as revealing the exact episode in which her character her potentially leaves, and if she’s planning on returning to the AMC series in the future. If you don’t want to know specifics then turn away now!

“I’m in the first six episodes of the show, and then a lot happens in the sixth episode of the show,” Cohan ominously tells People magazine (via (opens in new tab)), indicating that either (or perhaps both) Rick or Maggie will leave due to events that transpire in that episode.

But will Maggie end up returning down the line or will she join the legions of undead – which, after being pregnant for seemingly time eternal would be a particularly hard pill to swallow – come episode six? I don’t want to speak too soon but we might actually get a semblance of a happy ending on the show, as Cohan unequivocally explains to EW (opens in new tab) that “Maggie’s story is open-ended.”

Either way, the times are a-changing in The Walking Dead. Needless to say, the opening six episodes will be well worth watching just to see how two of the show’s longest-serving stalwarts bow out. What do you reckon? In a pile of bullets? As a bunch of brains? Or maybe, just maybe, riding off into the sunset?

Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.