Maggie will be entering her 14th trimester on The Walking Dead this fall.
"I'm going back," Cohan told EW. "There's a lot more Maggie story to tell." And what can fans expect of her return? "You know we're not allowed to tell you anything, but it's good," she said.
As teased in the Season 8 finale, Maggie — who's the leader of the Hilltop community — will be teaming up with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and probably Jesus (Tom Payne) to go against Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) to try to kill Rick's prisoner Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), because Maggie really wants Negan dead for what he did to her husband Glenn (Steven Yeun). At the same time, she'll be working to turn the Hilltop into a thriving medieval civilization using the book Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) gave her with the help of Alden (Callan McAuliffe), who may be a potential love interest for her. Someday, at least. Because in the continuity of the show, Glenn only died, like, two weeks ago. And maybe, after being pregnant for three seasons, Season 9 will be when Maggie finally starts to show.
But just because Cohan is set to return for Season 9 doesn't mean we're totally out of the woods with Maggie yet, though.
Cohan had been trying to secure a raise from AMC for Season 9 and negotiations were reportedly fairly tough, and so she booked a lead role on an ABC pilot called Whiskey Cavalier alongside Scandal's Scott Foley. As EW points out, The Walking Dead goes into production on Season 9 this week, and that gives Cohan about two months to work on the AMC show if Whiskey Cavalier gets picked up for the fall and through the summer if it gets picked up for midseason. If it doesn't get picked up at all, she's free to stay with The Walking Dead for however long as she chooses.
So we don't yet know exactly how long Maggie will be around — maybe she'll die in the midseason finale — but we do know she won't just disappear. They won't have to take a time jump and skip over showing her death. There won't be a scene where Jesus says "Maggie's helicopter didn't make it."
The Walking Dead returns for Season 9 in the fall.