‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: Lauren Cohan On Negan’s Actions And Maggie’s Reaction In Episode 1, The Saviors’ Leader ‘Lit A Crazy Fuse’

The Walking Dead season seven episode one premiere was a game changer for Lauren Cohan’s Maggie character along with Rick Grimes’ group, all of which were violently introduced to the new world order. The second episode took a look at The Kingdom, and now reflecting back on the first episode, Maggie wants to wage war against Negan and the Saviors regardless of Rick’s survival test outside the RV.

Right Hand Man Or Lady?

Negan talked about Rick’s right-hand man in The Walking Dead’s premiere sneak peak shown at the 2016 New York Comic Con entitled “Right Hand Man.” Maggie is a key component here because Rick decided to give Maggie some responsibilities when dealing with The Hilltop Colony’s leader, Gregory, and she could be considered Rick’s right-hand lady. That being said, she may have some pull with the leader of the Hilltop, the agreement to take out the Saviors, and of course, the the “hit” on Negan via the agreement made with Gregory and his community.

Since Maggie has had direct contact with Gregory, and news gets back to him about their dealings with Negan, how do you think Gregory will handle it? Considering his sexist words with Maggie, would the nature of his character be questionable and could he be considered almost in the same wheelhouse as Negan?

Lauren Cohan Talks Maggie’s Vengeance

There will likely be a concern about how Maggie is going to move forward on season seven of The Walking Dead. Cohan spoke with Entertainment Weekly regarding her character’s “vengeance.” When Negan first came upon Maggie in the line-up, he just wanted to take her out with Lucille at that moment, and Glenn intervened. Apparently, he had no sympathy for her pregnancy difficulties and figured she would easily submit to this new way of life working for him.

In The Waking Dead season seven premiere, Cohan acknowledged that this course of action really “lit a crazy fuse” under Maggie.

“There’s no worse case scenario now. But what Negan’s actions do to Maggie is light this crazy fuse. And we’ll see that burn pretty strong.”

The Walking Dead actress is aware that Maggie takes on the mantle of Glenn’s good nature by tending to his body along with the help from some members of the group ensuring a proper burial. She is rather determined in her new found role as Rick’s right-hand man. It appears she’s taken the reins and control of where to go next. This is a game changer for Cohan’s character obviously.

Her concern for vengeance just reinforces that.

“You’ll see how she lives on in honor of Glenn and in vengeance of Negan, and it’s a real war in her brain, and in protection of the baby. I really liked the fact that Glenn says, “I’ll find you,” because she takes him with her. It’s difficult to even encapsulate the grief like that.”

Considering Maggie had lost her father, Hershel and her sister, Beth, her third loss has likely steered her in the direction of being able to cope with the situation and continue doing the right thing. Maggie will likely channel her father and sister’s beliefs along with the recently departed Glenn.

Cohen reflected on Maggie’s future and her attitude.

“We’ll see Maggie being very pragmatic and what we all know by now is that those people need to live on in her, or otherwise it’s all for naught, basically.”

Maggie’s Future And The Hilltop

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan talked with Entertainment Weekly regarding Maggie’s abrupt leadership role during the Hilltop Colony’s negotiations. The comic book entailed a prolonged situation in the Maggie variant as she replaced Gregory at that location, according to Bustle earlier this year. She was even responsible for rallying the troops for the fight against Negan and the Saviors.

Lauren weighed on this as well as her tight-knit relationship with Sasha and the honoring of those who lost their lives.

“It’s a really interesting spiritual journey that she goes on. Sasha and her are gonna be incredibly tight and they really need each other, and they really lean on each other. Within all the drive and the violence that the group has to perform and to undergo, there is going to be honor to our fallen.”

After Rick’s “addiction” to leadership for so long per the diagnosis made by Negan, do you think it’s nice to have another leadership style on board? How do you think Maggie will approach the Hilltop Colony and taking vengeance on Negan and the Saviors.

Be sure to watch the story develop further every Sunday night on AMC’s The Walking Dead at 9 p.m. EST. Episode three’s “The Cell” is next.

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