‘The Walking Dead’: Is This 1 Actress Leaving the Show After Season 8?

The Walking Dead is still making bold casting moves in Season 8. It’s midseason premiere returned to deal with one of the biggest deaths on the show ever — Carl Grimes. But now, there might be another death on the horizon, and all because of contract negotiations.

So who isn’t signed on yet to do another season of the show? What exactly is holding the star back, and what job offer might make her walk away for good? Here’s a look at the ugly aftermath of Carl’s death, as well as the one favorite actress who might also soon be exiting the show.

1. Chandler Riggs talks about what Carl’s death leaves behind

Carl is leaning on a car door with his eye patch and hat.

Carl’s death will have a serious impact on the show. | AMC

Season 8 is going to mark a huge change for the show, marking the first season without Carl Grimes. That’s because he died in the first half of the season from getting bitten by a walker. Chandler Riggs talked about what his death means for the rest of the characters.

“His death leaves behind a really inspiring and motivational feeling,” Riggs said, according to Variety. “He’s not really angry about it. He’s not lashing out against anyone. It’s his fault that it happened and there’s nothing that he can do about it. So it’s him trying to show Rick every lesson that he’s learned over the last few years.”

He also talked about how his perspective is different from Rick in the end, saying:

Helping Siddiq shows maturity past just the war. Rick was kind of deadset on just the mission and taking out anyone else that is unnecessary to them winning the war. I think Carl sees past that. He sees a different kind of future, one for Judith that’s really bright and not full of hatred and killing.

Next: This is what the crew did to send off Chandler Riggs.

2. Riggs said the crew wore eye patches for him

Negan and Carl in The Walking Dead Season 7

The cast reportedly sported eye patches in his honor. | AMC

The death was not just a big moment for the show, but the crew as well. “Right after I finished that scene I walked off set and the whole crew had eye patches like Carl’s on,” Riggs said according to Variety. “They were all clapping and cheering. It was pretty overwhelming and really sweet of them.”

He also added, “They gave me a hat that Andy wore in Season 1 and a framed shirt that I had worn in Season 1, which was really cool. It was really weird waking up that next morning, but bittersweet is the best way to describe it.”

Next: This is what Andrew Lincoln said about the show potentially ending.

3. Andrew Lincoln teases the show could end in the foreseeable future

Rick and Carl on The Walking Dead

There may be an end for the show in sight. | AMC

The show’s viewers have been on the decline, and it has been hemorrhaging original cast members. So is there an end in sight?

“Yeah, I think so,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve said to you before and I really feel that the fans — and also for my own satisfaction — that there deserves to be an end point. There needs to be an end game and that is something that is definitely being talked about. [Laughs.] I can’t get into all of that. But all of that will be answered.”

Next: The one star who hasn’t signed on for Season 9 yet

4. Lauren Cohan’s contract negotiations have reportedly been rocky

Lauren Cohan holds up a gun in The Walking Dead

Lauren Cohan hasn’t signed for another season yet. | AMC

Sometimes whether a character lives or dies just relies on an actor’s contract. Lauren Cohan is reportedly seeking more money and has been offered other television show pilots, according to Cleveland.

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple was also asked about these negotiations, and his answer didn’t exactly settle things.

Next: These two actors may also be affecting Cohan’s negotiation.

5. Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln’s contracts may be coming into play

Rick and Daryl

Lauren Cohan is reportedly seeking a pay raise after the negotiations of her co-stars. | AMC

Cohan wasn’t the only star who had to sign on again for the show. Lincoln and Norman Reedus reportedly got significant raises in their salaries.

This led to Cowan reportedly being unhappy with what AMC initially offered her, according to Comic Book Movie.

Next: Does Cohan already have a new gig?

6. Cohan was reportedly offered a pilot with Scott Foley

Apple Store Soho Presents Meet the Actor: Lauren Cohan, "The Walking Dead" at Apple Store Soho on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Is she leaving for another show? | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Another factor that doesn’t bode well for the future of Maggie on the show? Cohan was also reportedly offered a part in an ABC drama pilot with Scott Foley.

The role would reportedly allow the actress to be on The Walking Dead, but only on a semi-regular basis, according to Comic Book Movie.

Next: Here’s what the showrunner had to say about Cohan’s future on the series. 

7. Gimple says these negotiations are normal

Scott Gimple

The showrunner said her ongoing negotiations are normal. | John Sciulli/Getty Images for AMC

When asked about Cohan’s contract, Scott M. Gimple didn’t exactly say whether they were close to coming to a conclusion.

“Well, these sorts of negotiations do happen all the time in television and we’re working on it,” he told Deadline. “We’re all talking so stay tuned.”

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