With contract uncertainty surrounding an unsigned Lauren Cohan for the already renewed season 9 of The Walking Dead, the actress best known for playing Maggie Greene on the AMC zombie drama has signed on for a lead role in an ABC drama pilot titled Whiskey Cavalier, EW has confirmed.
Cohan will play Frankie Trowbridge (whose codename is Fiery Tribune), a CIA operative who must work with FBI agent Will Chase (whose codename is Whiskey Cavalier and is played by Scott Foley) in the inter-agency drama.
What this means for Cohan’s Walking Dead future remains unclear. Season 8 could mark the end for both Cohan and Maggie, or the actress could return in a limited capacity for season 9, or even as a series regular should Whiskey Cavalier become a midseason entry for 2019. Or, if the new ABC show does not get picked up to series, Cohan could remain on The Walking Dead with a new contract even beyond season 9. But this certainly puts the pressure on AMC to get some sort of deal with Cohan done to make sure an endgame for the character of Maggie is firmly in place.
The Walking Dead returns on Feb. 25 on AMC.