WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead TV and comic series. Proceed with caution.
Despite episode 5 of The Walking Dead being a much slower episode than what we've seen so far out of Season 6, the episode, titled 'Now' was necessary to set up many events which will likely happen in the mid-season finale. But amongst all the character development and long speeches there was one big reveal that eagle-eyed fans have wanted to hear for some time -- Maggie Greene confirming her pregnancy.
This announcement has been a while coming for some, who noticed something odd about a conversation Maggie and Glenn had back in the Season 5 finale, so it was great to have suspicions confirmed, albeit a bit heartbreaking considering the circumstances.
With Maggie and Glenn's future totally up in the air, and not expected to become clearer until we revisit Glenn's storyline in episode 7 (next week's episode 6 will be concerned with Daryl, Sasha and Abraham), Comicbook.com thought it would be interesting to revisit how exactly Maggie's pregnancy goes down in the comic book.
As all Walking Dead fans know by now, having a baby in this post-apocalyptic world is less than ideal. With medical care still rudimentary at best (Dr. Denise is only just getting her shit together, who knows how she'll deal with a birth!), it seems pretty dangerous for both mom and baby, as was proven in Season 3 when Lori Grimes died after an emergency C-section. Fortunately, in the comics Maggie has a better time of pregnancy than Lori, though the same can't be said for her partner, Glenn.
In the comics, Maggie reveals her news to Glenn just after Glenn returns from visiting a newly discovered community named Hilltop (more about Hilltop and one of its residents here). Fearing that Alexandria is becoming too dangerous, the two plan to move to the Hilltop, and head there with Rick, Carl, Michonne, Heath, Glenn, Maggie, and Sophia (who is still alive in the comic series). Unfortunately, on the way there the group is ambushed by a gang known as the Saviors, a group led by the villainous Negan. The Saviors line up the group members and Negan, armed with a wire-covered baseball bat nicknamed 'Lucille,' plays a deadly game of "eeny meeny miny mo," which results in Glenn's skull being bashed in.
After Glenn's horrible death, Maggie and Sophia (who Glenn and Maggie had adopted after her parents died) moved to Hilltop, where Maggie establishes herself as a strong member of the community. Maggie shows her support for Rick as he goes to war against Negan and his Saviors.
When we next see Maggie in the comic series, two years have passed in The Walking Dead universe, and it appears her pregnancy and birth went well as she now has a two year old son named Hershel, named in honor of her late father. She has also established herself as the leader of the Hilltop colony, a position she still holds in the comic series today.
Despite Maggie being widowed while pregnant with her and Glenn's child, she really manages to make the most of her situation. Despite all of her family being killed, she still managed to count her blessings and rise above all the horrific tragedies she had seen.
Since the second half of Season 5 of The Walking Dead TV show, we've also seen Maggie start to develop into a character similar to Maggie in the comic series -- she has even taken on a Governmental-type role in Alexandria, assisting Deanna. With Glenn's fate still completely up in the air, it will be interesting to see what direction the TV series goes in, whether it follows the source material, and Glenn is either killed off by the alleyway herd or Negan, or whether the three of them will be a happy family. Either way, I look forward to watching and finding out in episodes to come!