Ever since Maggie (Lauren Cohan) returned to The walking dead for her 11th and final season, she was nearly impossible to watch.
Maggie has grown into a one-note character, stripped of all that resembles a complex inner self, her all-consuming hatred for Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hasn’t even diminished slightly over the years since they saw each other for. the last time.
Gone are the far more interesting and complex Maggie which, years ago in real life but even longer in the fiction of The walking dead-chose to show her husband’s murderous mercy. This Maggie was at least somewhat complex and interesting; this Maggie is boring, boring, and a bad leader on top of all that.
She just had all of her own killed except one – budget-friendly handy for AMC, but not particularly good for her character or for the actual dramatic tension, as we don’t care about any of those characters to begin with.
There are two ways to solve this Maggie Rhee problem.
The first and easiest would be to kill Maggie. It would also be karmic, given the deaths of Agatha, Duncan, Cole, Maya, Ainsley, Gus, and Gage, all characters we don’t know anything about but who have essentially been Maggie’s family for years at this point. She sheds a few tears for one of them, which is odd given the grudge she still has for Glenn’s death. (Again, she barely blinked when her sister was killed, having forgotten everything about the very next episode! Sorry, Beth!)
But as much as I hope Maggie is ultimately killed, I’d rather a second fix happened first – and it’s not just about “making Maggie a better character and writing better,” even though that is. is not bad advice.
What I want is Maggie and Negan to hook up. I want them to become a thing, like Olicity in Arrow, but instead we would call them Naggie or Megan or something like that.
Look, all I know is sparks were flying in this last episode of The walking dead. It wasn’t a very good episode, but there is a point where Negan looks at Maggie and seems very eager to kiss her, and I feel like she would like him to do a lot more than that.
It wouldn’t just serve to break the awkward and deadly tension between the two, it would make their relationship infinitely more complex and interesting. Maggie might regret her choices, but she would probably keep making the same bad decision over and over again and maybe Negan wouldn’t want to keep it a secret, but she would.
There are just tons of different narrative avenues you could take for a romantic relationship between these two, but I don’t think AMC has the guts to make it happen. We will see.
By the way, I didn’t expect that I would like Negan so much. Jeffrey Dean Morgan really did a fantastic job making this character so much friendlier than before, so much more compelling and deep and actually pretty much the brains of the whole operation at this point as well. Go figure it out.
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