Now in its ninth season, The Walking Dead has covered a huge world and a huge cast. Not everyone has stayed around for the entire journey. In fact, only two characters from the original Atlanta group are left alive and in the show.
Some characters have gone elsewhere – not all of them were eaten by walkers or gunned down by raiders. Some were written off in ways that give them room to return at some point. Taking leading man Rick Grimes, who is played by Andrew Lincoln – he’ll be returning in an AMC TV movie.
Then there’s Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James, who is currently the leading man of the spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead.
But these aren’t the only two characters who have taken off and left a lot of fans scratching their heads and wondering if they’re coming back. Today we bring you two updates on when these characters may return to the show.
Heath May Return and “PPP” Will Be Explained Much Later
Heath’s character was one of the most anticipated Alexandrians that comic fans looked forward to seeing. Played by Corey Hawkins, his character was a capable survivalist who fit right in with the rest of the main cast.
He was involved in several supply runs and was even along for the ill-fated outpost attack on The Saviors that kicked off the war arc. But in the episode “Swear,” around the time Tara discovered Oceanside after nearly meeting her end on the walker-covered bridge, Heath disappeared.
All that was left behind was a card with the letters PPP on it. Hawkins had left to film movies, so it is likely his character will return eventually. It has also been confirmed viewers will find out about his fate, and what PPP means – just much later. While there’s no direct confirmation from the actor himself, former showrunner Scott Gimple promised audiences Heath’s story wasn’t done.
Maggie Will Return – Maybe with Her Own Series?
The farmer’s daughter, and the former leading lady at Hilltop, Maggie Rhee has been a part of the series since the second season. But when the time jump took place right around the time Rick had left the show, Lauren Cohan did as well.
It’s not that she didn’t like playing Maggie – she was focusing on another show she recently signed to. And she has confirmed that her character’s not done yet. Maggie was seen interacting with the mysterious “Georgie,” who arrived in a helicopter with a curious amount of supplies for someone living in the apocalypse.
Other characters confirmed Maggie had left with her, leading some to think he may be getting her own spinoff series detailing her journey.
Maggie’s character could no longer stay in the area given the death of her husband in the beginning of season 7 – but in an area where she isn’t haunted by those memories, the character could see new life. The question is, when will fans see this?