Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) was the boss of The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 5, “Internment,” but you have to give Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) credit as the mini boss.
While Daddy ran the prison sick ward, Daughter was basically the only healthy person around to keep the walkers away from the fence. When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) returned, Maggie shot her way into the sick ward to help her father and fiancé Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun).
During the Episode 8 midseason finale, she was understandably horrified when her father was killed by The Governor (David Morrissey), but she went back into mini boss mode. She told younger sis Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) to get everyone on the bus, then she ran off to help the still-recovering Glenn make his way to the bus. Then she left to find Beth and ultimately ended up helping Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) with the injured Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.). Then the bus left without them and Sasha said they’d just figure it out.
If you replay the battle scene, Maggie is like Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 — she looks badass, acts badass, and gets the dang job done.
Hershel would be proud of his eldest surviving daughter. But now what? Poor Maggie is separated from Glenn, who is on that bus, and Beth, who just ran off with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). She’s going to be so emotionally devastated from all that loss, but we all have jobs to do and she’ll probably find a way to cope. Unless she doesn’t.
*Comic books spoilers ahead*
Things are always a little different in the comics, and in the original TWD source material Glenn and Maggie aren’t separated after the finale prison battle. However, Maggie does lose her family members — there is no Beth in the comics, but Hershel does die, as well as one of Maggie’s brothers. So she has no family left, unlike on TV where she at least has to hope that Beth is alive and that Glenn’s bus found a safe place.
After the battle, comic book Glenn and Maggie reconnect with Rick, Carl, and Michonne and go back to the Greene family farm. Maggie can't cope with all the death, so she tries to kill herself via hanging. Glenn cuts the ropes and tries to revive her, but this new guy Abraham — whom we should meet in Episode 10 — tries to kill Maggie, since he doesn't want to take any chances. Maggie comes to, though, and regrets her decision.
At this point in the comics, Glenn and Maggie are actually taking care of Sophia, who is still alive. So the storyline is very different. However, if Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene are coming to the TV show — and they are — that suggests they join at least one of the mini groups. No idea if it's with Maggie or not, but in the comics that trio was headed to Washington, D.C., and the former Team Prison group decided to go along. Way, way down the line, Maggie gets pregnant, which is great news. Then things get a little rough for her, in a different way. But that’s far off.
*End of comic book spoilers*
Maggie is now out on the road with Bob and Sasha. Bob was a Woodbury character in the comics — and a very different one, other than also being an Army medic with alcohol issues. Bob was shot on TV, so this mini group will have to help him recover. (If he didn't want a drink before the battle, you better believe he wants one now.) Sasha was never in the comics, but since she's Tyreese's sister on the TV show, we have to expect she'll want to find her brother, who was last seen chasing after the deadly Samuels girls.
We've been warned that these mini groups won't reunite quickly, and may not completely reunite at all. It does seem like there are a lot of characters to work with at this point, but hopefully we won't start losing people along the way. (Although, we wouldn’t cry too hard at the loss of some of those redshirts on the bus. Sorry, guys, but who are you?)
Maggie will surely be on a mission to find Glenn, who was briefly seen holding a light in the dark in the back half promo. Maggie is also briefly seen in that promo, just looking a little disheveled. It's hard to really know what might be next for her, other than searching for Glenn and Beth and helping Bob and Sasha.
What do you think is next for Maggie? Do you think it will be a long time before Gleggie reunites? Will she find strength after the death of her father and loss of her sister and fiancé, or fall apart from grief?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.