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Maggie actress Lauren Cohan on Walking Dead ending: “It’s bittersweet”

Published: 18/Sep/2020 13:55

by David Purcell

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The Walking Dead Season 10 finale is on the horizon but fans – and the cast – now know that there is an end date on the world they have seen develop. Actress Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, has revealed that the whole thing is actually “bittersweet” for her. 

After appearing for the first time in TWD back in Season 2, she has been one of the show’s most prominent figures. Though, she has been absent for large chunks of the last two seasons, after splitting off from the main group for their decision to keep Negan alive. This was all before the Season 9 time skip.

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As we previously reported, Maggie has been confirmed to take part in the final episode of the current season, where the survivors will take on The Whisperers one last time.

During an interview on the Live with Kelly & Ryan show, she’s also confirmed the character is here to stay.

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Lauren Cohan on Walking Dead ending

Maggie in the walking dead season 10
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Maggie returns soon in The Walking Dead.

One of the biggest topics of the brief interview, though, was the news that The Walking Dead will be ending in Season 12.

As confirmed by AMC, spinoff shows for the likes of Norman Reedus – one of the series’ most popular characters – will run on in its absence. That said, the actress who plays Maggie can’t help but see two sides to the announcement.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I kind of got excited when we first announced it, just because fans and everybody who’s watched all this time and been part of our invested family is… We’re so lucky we’ve been going so long and it’s so exciting to say ‘Okay, let’s all key in for this final season and watch it together’, and it makes me appreciate it.

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The Walking Dead Maggie spinoff?

During another segment of the chat, Cohan also confirmed her location and as you might expect, that place was Georgia.

The cast is currently filming more episodes to be aired when the show returns in October, but also opened up the chance of more spinoffs, too. She added: “And then, people are so hungry for our whole universe still that it’s exciting because there will be spin-off possibilities.”

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With Daryl Dixon’s confirmed for 2022, it remains to be seen if Maggie is picked for another in the future. Other actors, like Tom Payne (Jesus) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) have also been linked with other projects to continue their characters, but as of now, they have not been announced.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
Legendary Entertainment
Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.