Khary Payton made a supportive post on Instagram

Amid ongoing contract negotiations for season 9 of The Walking Dead, one star has publicly come out in support of actress Lauren Cohan.

Although Cohan’s character Maggie is still alive and well on the show, the star has not yet signed on for another season. On Sunday, Khary Payton (who plays Ezekiel, leader of The Kingdom) posted a photo of her to his Instagram with the caption, “pay the woman” — perhaps adding to speculation that Cohan has been seeking equal pay with costars like Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus.

Cohan has signed on for an ABC drama pilot called Whiskey Cavalier, where she plays a CIA agent working with an FBI agent (played by Scott Foley) in an inter-agency drama. That could signal the end for Maggie, but as EW’s The Walking Dead expert Dalton Ross wrote in February, “What this means for Cohan’s Walking Dead future remains unclear. Season 8 could mark the end for both Cohan and Maggie, or the actress could return in a limited capacity for season 9, or even as a series regular should Whiskey Cavalier become a midseason entry for 2019.”

Check out Payton’s post above.

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