The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan on being Maggie

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The Walking Dead recommissioned for a seventh series.

Is Maggie Greene from The Walking Dead, played with just the right mixture of tough and tender by Lauren Cohan, the unluckiest character in all of television? That, in effect, propelled “Talking Dead” to 7.3 million viewers — its best-ever numbers for an episode not airing that night of a “Walking Dead” season finale.

At the end of that program, her husband, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), apparently fell prey to a crowd of the ravenous undead who tore out his intestines and devoured them like sausage during Oktoberfest. While Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear et al. haven’t exactly set the world on fire vis a vis viewership, the show has performed well enough to satisfy network suits (at least for now). When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead.’ “All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged,” the exec added. “We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. And if that is indeed what happened, it would mean a trifecta of misery for Maggie, following the deaths of her father, Hershel, and her half-sister, Beth.

But “if” is the operative word, because the internet has been buzzing ever since with writers eagerly pointing out clues that Glenn is possibly still alive, including the fact that he didn’t appear immediately afterward on Talking Dead, the post-show chat session, like every other major character who died. And show-runner Scott Gimpel dodged a variety of bullets by issuing this statement: “In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback or in the current story, to help complete the story.” When we spoke to Cohan shortly before the episode in question aired, she obviously didn’t give anything away, even though that segment had been filmed months before. But I sometimes think that we only get to see Maggie’s experience as the person who loses. “It’s also been hard sometimes for Lauren as a person to see her character just keep receiving things instead of pushing back sometimes. There’s so many strong voices out there, but I think you’re going to see me stepping up more now as this season goes on.” She also spoke with evident fondness of Yeun, explaining their onscreen chemistry: “We decided to play out the very best couple we could be in our own lives, a very real and contemporary relationship.” “I’m a Jersey girl and a British woman in the same body” is how she laughingly puts it. The 33-year-old actress was born in Cherry Hill, N.J., where she lived until moving to England at the age of 13. “The funny thing is that even though I was a 100 per cent American girl, who played sports and went to malls and listened to pop music, I was also secretly this Anglophile who read books like Five Go to Smuggler’s Top and wanted to live in a storybook British countryside.” And once she crossed the Atlantic, that’s just what she did, growing up in Surrey and changing from “a hyperactive sporty American girl to a kind of bookish British young lady.” But despite her literary bent, she had never thought of going into show business until “some friends asked me to audition for a play.

AMC will certainly compile more numbers in the coming days as they come in. (UPDATE: The show drew 19.5 million viewers including three days of DVR usage compared to 22.4 million for the season 5 debut. I wasn’t any good at all, but when I got to college at the University of Winchester, I tried it again.” She recalls vividly that “when we did The Misanthrope by Moliere and I was playing Eliante, that’s when the magic happened. This 1970s California funk/soul performer was largely forgotten until Gilles Peterson started playing this song on BBC1 and it soon wound up in TV shows like Breaking Bad and films like Saint John of Las Vegas. Angel Olsen is a 28-year-old American indie folk/rock performer born in Missouri, who now works out of North Carolina. “Acrobat” is from her 2012 album, Half Way Home.

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