Cohan has been on The Walking Dead since the beginning of season 2 and she became a regular in season 3.
Lauren Cohan, who plays the fan favorite on the AMC series, just snagged the lead role in the pilot for ABC's new action dramedy Whiskey Cavalier opposite Scandal star Scott Foley, according to Deadline. As of right now, the actress does not have a contract in place to bring her back for episodes beyond Season Eight's finale.
The network claims to have made generous offers to re-sign Cohan but other sources have said those offers are "lowball". Although Cohan is not seeking salary parity with male leads Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, her camp and AMC have been engaged in a months-long negotiation that remains far apart. After all, even The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has moved from AMC to a two-year contract with Amazon, which will see him and his Skybound Entertainment company creating content exclusively for Amazon Prime Video.
It will be yet another blow for fans of the show if she does leave, following Chandler Rigg's divisive exit from the show (which will be shown later on this series). "The Walking Dead" returns from its midseason hiatus on February 25. Alternatively, Whiskey Cavalier might not be picked up to series and AMC would re-gain any upper hand in the negotiations and Cohan would still have the choice of whether or not she wishes to return.
From what we understand, Whiskey Cavalier is a "high-octane hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender Federal Bureau of Investigation super agent Will Chase (Scott Foley) who, following an emotional break-up, is assigned to work with badass Central Intelligence Agency operative Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge (Cohan)".
Dave Hemingson penned the script and exec produces the Warner Bros.