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    TWD Made Major Changes to Dante's Character Because of Lauren Cohanís Absence

    The Walking Dead used the absence of Lauren Cohan's Maggie to make a drastic change to her comic book love interest Dante, played in Season 10 by series newcomer Juan Javier Cardenas. In the comics, Dante is a smart-mouthed but heroic member of the Hilltop colony who becomes Maggie's sole love interest following the death of husband Glenn. Because Cohan stepped away midway through Season 9 to film ABC spy action-comedy Whiskey Cavalier, showrunner Angela Kang decided to introduce Dante with a twist: episode 10x07 revealed Dante as a Whisperer spy when he murdered Siddiq (Avi Nash), one of the show's biggest changes from the comic books.

    ďIt came about in a funny way,Ē Kang told The Hollywood Reporter. ďWe talked about introducing Dante as a character a few times over the years. It never happened. It never felt like the exact right time. Why bring in Dante now? What's he doing for the story?Ē

    She continued, ďThen when Lauren was out for a while, it was like, well, we weren't going to do that version of Dante. He was on the backburner for us for a bit. Then we started working on the story of the conflict of the Whisperers in a way that feels new and refreshing, and plays into a cold war feel that we wanted to experiment with. So how can we tell a story about espionage?Ē

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    I wonder if they will introduce a love interest for her or at least allude ot her having had one while she has been away, maybe even have that person appear on the show later on to expose the off screen relationship.

    The spy/saboteur was a good idea, but it was presented to us and resolved too quickly. Really, all we had was an inappropriate medical person with an odd relationship with Siddiq and then BAM! he's responsible for everything, kills, and is killed in one episode.

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    It wasn't even really Dante. Just the same name and looks a bit like him. The rest is different. And it's smart. He's not a major enough character that those type of changes would piss anyone off and by naming him Dante and making people think it was the character from the comics it made us let our guard down a bit and not really think too much about his character to even think there could be a twist like that and it was also 2 of the few comic characters (Dante and Siddiq) that never died in the source material dying within minutes from each other and
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    And I'm glad they did that with Dante. Because I never liked that storyline with him and Maggie in the comics.

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