Walking Dead Exclusive: Lauren Cohan Promoted to Series Regular For Season 3

Lauren Cohan The Walking DeadLauren Cohan is heading into The Walking Dead‘s third season with a most rare gift: job security.

The actress — who recurred throughout the AMC smash’s killer second season as Hershel’s eldest daughter, Maggie — has been elevated to a full-fledged series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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While the promotion would seem to indicate that Glenn’s sweetheart will figure prominently in the show’s upcoming third season, it by no means guarantees she’ll make it out of the season alive. Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn were both full-timers when their characters, Shane and Dale respectively, were whacked.

The Walking Dead‘s 16-episode third season, slated to premiere this fall, will likely be divided into two part (much the same way Season 2 was). “The idea is we will do eight-and-eight,” exec producer Robert Kirkman recently told TVLine. “Getting eight-and-eight will almost be like doing two seasons a year, which is cool.”

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Cohan, meanwhile, is keeping busy during her hiatus. The actress is set to be “resurrected” on The Vampire Diaries on April 19.

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  1. Larsson Ronny says:

    Great. The most boring character gets more screen time.

  2. Jarrod says:

    This isn’t really a surprise to be honest.

    • Ed says:

      That was my initital thought too. Though I am glad she is a regular, it doesn’t really mean anything considering that anyone can be whacked.

  3. Josh says:

    She’ll be underwritten, inconsistent and at times turn into Lady MacBeth.

    Welcome to the female cast of Walking Dead Lauren Conrad! Hope you enjoy standing in the background.

    • Eric says:

      Lauren Conrad? This isn’t The Hills or Laguna Beach.

    • tim says:

      so true–Lori is the worst character of ALL time–infuriating, frustrating and boring to watch!

    • lechatnoir says:

      You could say this to the sole african american character who appears on each episode but literaly utter no more than 18 words ( we actually counted ). Total screentime in the entire season 51 seconds. The writers do not know what to do with its B-listers. Every character on there has had a relative , a love interest and even flashback scenes provided some insight into the lives of the recurring characters . he is the only one who moves about like a chess piece. Come to think of it half of the current shows have serious problem with their sole african american characters.What a strange world . Even the fictional world is problematic if you have some melanin lol!

      • Snsetblaze says:

        Totally agree. I think they missed the boat when they did not bring in Tyrese, a great African American character from the comics (and his wierd daughter and her boyfriend). Not saying he won’t be brought in yet but there’s been no information on that. T-Bone just seems to be there in case Merl shows up.

        • wordsmith says:

          I do miss Tyreese and his hammer from the comics. He and Rick have an interesting dynamic, which I think would play well on the show.

      • Derek Foster says:

        No to mention, they are bringing Tyreese into the show. I don’t know if you’ve read the comics, but he is Rick’s right-hand-man at the prison. I always thought they had T-Dog and Daryl on the show because they were a composite of Tyreese. But, alas, he is coming too. So not only will there be T-Dog, but there will be Michone and Tyreese…..not to mention that Morgan also returns when they head off to DC. So that’s four, with three known characters that have major roles. Calm down.

      • joyce says:

        get over it allready!! i,m sure he,ll get a lot more senes in the upcomming 3 season. he,s a strong person and makes a fine addition to the cast. don,t worry he,ll be back in full force.

      • Sandy says:

        The last time is watched Maggie was not black!!!!!!!!!!

      • Denise says:

        Does everything have to turn racial? Now that Sophia is dead, Carol hasn’t had a lot to day either!

  4. MrMank says:

    Yeah, I’d be more surprised if she wasn’t promoted at this point. Given the downfall of both Dale and Shane at season’s end, how does being a series regular = job security on this show?

    • Snsetblaze says:

      The only ones with job security – so far – is the actors who play Rick and probably Carl (unless he grows too fast and they need to replace him with another kid).

  5. Jarrod says:

    I know they’re not as prominent, but Melissa McBride (Carol) and IronE Singleton (T-Dog) have been it for the past two seasons and I firmly believe that they deserve to be promoted just as much.

  6. Peter Venkman says:

    I am PERFECTLY alright with this news- she’s nice on the eyes.

  7. Jarrod says:

    So now we basically have a character with characteristics of BOTH Andrea and Lori? Great. Another female character we can hate.

    • Mars777 says:

      God, I’d love to have her become a mini-Andrea, but she’s nowhere near as much of a BAMF and a lot more obnoxiously Lori like. Plus, well, comics spoilers.

    • Dale's RV says:

      In what planet the only daughter who still has a father, the only girlfriend on an interracial relationship and the only woman who uses a baseball bat for a weapon is a mini Lori? Or a mini Andrea?!

  8. lauren says:

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Jarrod isn’t none too darn pleased with this news, LMAO

  9. Memphis says:

    Not surprising at all, especially if you know anything about the comics.

  10. Oz Paul says:

    Awesome news on 2 fronts, 16 episodes plus a pretty hot cast member with a good storyline hopefully!

  11. Sandra says:

    Awsome, love Maggie.

  12. ggny says:

    yay im happy Lauren Cohan finally found a show that she has stuck to

  13. Lance says:

    Awww, I was kinda hoping they would give the promotion to T-Dog
    Totally serious here.

  14. Jake says:

    What a great show. I especially liked it when they did nothing for all of season 2. Bravo, guys. Never saw it coming.

  15. jayy008 says:

    Much deserved!

  16. Ruby says:

    Yay! I love her.

  17. Rick says:

    Her characters lives a good long life so far in the comics whereas Dale and Shane bite it. So no surprise at all.

  18. Carolyn White says:

    I’m glad to hear this. I’ve liked that our sweet, innocent Glenn had somebody in his life to hold him and see him thru tough times and give him a special reason to keep going. And Maggie needs somebody to help her thru her loss of family and teach her how the real world is. (plus, I loved her character on Supernatural). Kick butt Maggie/Lauren!

  19. dawn says:

    I don’t care who comes & goes as long as Rick & Daryl stay…. :)

  20. heather says:

    Shane was by far the most exciting character. Wish he was still in it for another season. Show is still awesome. Maggie is in for the long haul. She is a good character on the show.

  21. Shaun says:

    The comics are horribly boring/repetitive.Hope they can make something interesting out of the garbage prison issue.

  22. rickee vang says:

    Its not surprising that she would become a major character since her character in the comic did play a big part. those who are true fans of the walking dead before it was a tv show can understand this concept

  23. darcy's slutty twin says:

    This is nice, but what of Carol and T-Dog? Are they going to remain “guest stars” until they are inevitably killed off? Both these characters have not been notable at all. Carol said it perfectly at the finale – she’s a burden. And T-Dog – well, he’s just there in the background.

  24. Octavio Gonzales says:

    Me and my cousin have this special part of the show we like to call “T-dog’s line of the day” just hope he gets more screen time next season

  25. Prince says:

    She’s so beautiful. She gives off a good vibe idk.. LOL

  26. Truth Here says:

    Every time she is forced to kiss that freakin’ rice eater, I throw up in my mouth. Gotta hate Hollywood.