Lauren Cohan also made a surprise appearance to announce that her character, Maggie Greene, is returning to the show. After lengthy negotiations, Cohan has signed on to rejoin TWD as a series regular.
Cohan, one of TWD‘s most popular cast member, exited as a series regular at the end of her contract after Season 8 when negotiations with AMC had stalled and she was cast as a star of ABC’s pilot Whiskey Cavalier. She carved out a guest arc and appeared in the first five episodes from TWD‘s ninths season before segueing to Whiskey Cavalier.
When the ABC action drama was canceled in May, Cohan was approached by AMC about returning to TWD, with negotiations spanning the summer.
AMC is at Comic Con promoting the mother ship’s 10th season as well as its forthcoming second spinoff show.
In addition to the Maggie news, series creator Robert Kirkman also announced new casting with Season 10 picking up “one of my favorite characters” from the comic book. Paola Lazara will play Juanita Sanchez, more commonly known as Princess or “Princess of Pittsburgh.”,She’s a main character first encountered in Issue 171 of The Walking Dead comics, described as somewhat silly, good natured lone survivor living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“The Walking Dead burst out of the gate ten years ago as a genre show that had all the character depth of a top-tier prestige drama,” said Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios in a press release. “And now 10 years later – led by the brilliant Angela Kang and fueled by one of the most consistently talented casts in television – this phenomenon is flourishing creatively, with critics and audiences embracing its reset. We’re delighted to welcome back Lauren Cohan, she has meant so much to this show and its passionate, global fanbase, who are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months.”
Nellie Andreeva contributed to this story.