AceShowbiz - "The Walking Dead" returned for season 9 on Sunday, October 7. The episode featured a new beginning for the characters as it took place a year after the end of the war with the Saviors. Lauren Cohan's Maggie also showed her new side in season 9 premiere episode as she went surprisingly violent.
[SPOILER ALERT!] The fact that she was officially voted the new leader of the Hilltop community appeared to anger Gregory, who started Hilltop in the first place. He orchestrated a smear campaign to take her down.
During the episode, Rick, Michonne, Daryl, Carol, Rosita and Ezekiel embarked on a journey to Washington D.C.'s natural history museum in order to steal a covered wagon, a canoe and other helpful machines. However, they encountered a bunch of walkers that eventually killed a young man named Ken. His parents apparently hold Maggie respionsible for his death. Gregory used the opportunity to bring dwon Maggie.
He started to fill Ken's parents with negativity about Maggie. He also made Ken's sober dad drink again. Later on, he assigned the man to stand by Glenn's grave while hiding himself in a hood over his face. When Maggie visited her husband's grave, the man beat her up mercilessly.
Maggie then confronted Gregory after the man was unmasked and jailed. "You want to lead this place, but you can't even murder someone right," she told Gregory. "Do you even give a crap about all the stupid s**t you've done after all the chances you've been given?"
He tried to take Maggie down with a knife. However, Maggie managed to avoid the knife, before saying, "None of this would even exist if it weren't for someone like me. I built this place." It didn't take long for Maggie to unarm him and made him scream at her in front of a small crowd.
The episode also revealed that she named her son Herschel, a nod to her on-screen father Scott WIlson's Hershel. The decision to name her son Herschel surely excited fans the most as the actor who plays him, Scott Wilson, passed away on October 6.