WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 3: The Warning Signs
Episode three of The Walking Dead season nine, titled The Warning Signs certainly lived up to its name as Maggie Greene (played by Lauren Cohan) was seen adopting a much darker persona, suggesting she is about to go down a disturbing path.
In the latest instalment of the popular drama series, viewers found out Cyndie (Sydney Park) and the Oceansiders were the ones responsible for murdering Saviors.
The group killed the rival community in revenge for previous crimes and were inspired by Maggie executing Gregory (Xander Berkeley) in episode one of the new series.
Bizarrely, when Maggie discovered the Oceansiders were behind the murders she and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reeds) let them finish the job.
At the end of the episode, Maggie and Daryl set off to Alexandria to kill Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as punishment for her husband’s death.
Maggie’s sudden switch from innocent and patient to vengeful and abrupt is a conscious move by the writers to show the growing divide between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his followers.
Showrunner Angela Kang used an interesting analogy about Nazi killings to describe Maggie and the Oceansiders’ thirst for revenge.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said: “We liken it to, what if a Nazi ran away and started a new life, and then you have the chance to kill that Nazi that killed your family?
“Does anything count after that? Should it? Everybody’s gonna have a different answer to that.”
She continued: “So, in this moment, Maggie, who’s been thinking so much about what happened to her husband, she does make a somewhat unexpected choice, but that pain is so fresh for her.
“Those are just all things that we wanted to explore, and see where Maggie’s at and how she has changed as a result of all these actions.”
The television writer also said Maggie will “grapple with what’s right and wrong this season” as she adapts to being leader of the Hilltop.
Angela even discussed where Maggie and Daryl go from episode three after deciding to track down Negan.
Teasing a potential showdown between Daryl and several characters this series, Angela revealed: “Daryl pledged to help her [Maggie] in this, and that’s gonna put him into some conflict with some of our other characters.
“We’ll see Maggie make her way to Alexandria, and how that story plays out. Later in this season, we obviously will get to the story of the Whisperers.”
Fans of the show will know Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is set to leave the show this series after confirming her departure earlier this year.
“Eight years is a really long time to be in those emotional depths,” she said back in August.
“It’s really fun for me because I never thought about drama as much when I started this career and I always kind of assumed I’d do like, light fare.”
The Walking Dead season nine continues next Sunday on AMC and tonight at 9pm on FOX in the UK. Seasons 1-8 are available to stream on NOW TV.