Late last year, Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on The Walking Dead, appeared in public sporting a short new haircut, prompting speculation that something had happened to her character. Maybe, fans worried, she got a haircut because she wasn't on the show anymore.

While I can't confirm anything past Sunday's episode, I can say that in this next episode at least Maggie is alive — and her haircut is part of the plot. Enid (Katelyn Nacon) does the job, and when she asks the mom-to-be why she's going with a new look, we learn that Maggie's haircut is a symbolic removal of hindrances.

"I have to keep going," Maggie says, "and I don't want anything getting in my way."

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If the haircut signifies anything beyond that — like the severance of her bond with her husband due to his death or foreshadowing that she's about to get a little more off the top — we'll just have to wait until the finale to find out. (Or maybe not.)

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

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