Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:31 AM ET
As the Nov. 4 episode of "The Walking Dead" proved, nobody is safe on the show -- and anyone can become a casualty at any moment. So no surprise that Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, hates to hear the phone ring.
"When you're an actor, you can't wait for the phone to ring," she told The Clicker. "But on this show, you don't want the showrunner to call. At the beginning of the season, when we first got scripts, we had to talk to (showrunner Glen Mazzara) a lot, and every time he called, he'd say, 'Don't worry, it's not that call.' We do get some warning."
The whole zombie thing has come as a bit of surprise to Cohan, who admitted she was something of a horror fan as a child, but "was unaware" of how popular the zombie genre was until she got hired on "Dead."
"I have a soft stomach for horror," she said. "As an adult I look for things that don't freak me out."
Good luck with "Dead," which will take a midseason break after the Dec. 2 episode, and will return in February 2013. But before the hiatus, Cohan warns things will go from very bad to very, very bad.
"Things are not going to a very good place," she said. "The group at Woodbury will collide with the group at the prison, and what makes us human is going to be tested. Every time we think we know what we're doing, we realize there aren't any rules. You are definitely going to see some major losses, if you can believe it. Some huge lives are going to be thrown into question."
So far, even Cohan may not know whether one of those individuals in question is Maggie -- she's going to have to continue to flinch at every phone call. But if Maggie does get killed, Cohan hopes that it'll be in a heroic manner.
"I promised myself that it's going to be cool, and she'll go out with a smile," she said.
"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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