Photographed by Mike Piscitelli

The Walking Dead season 4 premieres Sunday, October 13 on AMC. 

Season 3 of The Walking Dead found Maggie Greene in an introverted place, her confidence shaken by countless setbacks, but in love with longtime zombie-fighter Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun). “Now she’s in the apocalypse not to survive but to live,” says Lauren Cohan, the actress who plays Greene on the series, based on the graphic novel of the same name. Today finds Cohan riding shotgun down a Los Angeles high- way, lost. “My best friend and I woke up at five and made it to the ocean before the sunrise,” she says. “But now, we’re a bit turned around.” 

Comic-Con was so much fun! I actually didn’t know it could be that fun. We did all the panels and all the press, and at the party on Saturday, everyone just got down. We were dancing until six in the morning, and I think I only had one beer. 

Everybody says, "Oh, the show is more intense this year.” And it’s like, “No, but it is.” You get to see the characters with some level of comfort. There’s hope, and not just in Maggie and Glenn’s relationship, but then....

Even though stabbing someone in the brain is essentially gross, it’s all about technical efficiency. Maggie wants to be efficient so she can survive, and I want to be efficient so it looks real. It’s all about technique. I sound like Dexter.

I try to do things that scare me. I Rollerbladed the other day, and I don’t think there’s anything scarier than Rollerblading downhill. But it’s so good for your butt!