I’m kind of fixated on Maggie today, but this has been on my mind for a while. I’ve seen several people flat out say that there is no way that she’s 25-30 years old. So for the Maggie fans who truly believe she’s around 22 years old, could you please explain your reasons for thinking that?
I know you were looking for replies from people who think Maggie is in her early twenties but you’ve got me thinking about it and so I thought I’d put my two cents worth in…
The ages of the Mason boys have always been in question by some of the fans so let’s go with what we know:
Matt – Tom states in S2 that Matt is 9 years old
Ben – Ben states in S2 that he is 15 years old
Hal – It is stated in S1 that Hal is 16/17 years old. I have always leaned a little toward 17 because he was a senior in high school and 17 fits a little better with that.
Because of the timing of the series I have always assumed that each boy aged a year with each season; that would make Matt 11 (really, not buying that), Ben 17 and Hal 20 at this point in time. There is no real logical explanation for this except to say that in S3 Tom states it’s been two years since the invasion and in S3 it is stated that it has been three years since the invasion.
With Maggie it is a WAY different story but I’ve always imagined her around 23 when the series started (making her 26 now). I have no real explanation for this except to say that Maggie got cancer when she was 16. From that point on she battled cancer, got involved with drugs, lived a life of crime, got pregnant, went to prison and had a baby. I don’t know the time frames for any of those things, except the pregnancy, but if she did all of that in a three year time span then HOLY SH*T!!!
So, with regards to your Hal/Maggie question it would have made Hal 18 - a legal adult - and Maggie 24 when he and Maggie really started getting involved. Not something I would do but not illegal if that’s how you want to look at it.
It makes Ben 17 and Maggie 26 now and DEFINITELY not something I would EVER do!
I think a lot of my discomfort comes with the actors’ ages; Sarah is 33, Drew is 28, Connor is 19 and Maxim is 15. In S2 when they started exploring Hal and Maggie, Drew and Sarah were 26 and 31 respectively; that doesn’t bug me. When they started filming all of the Ben/Maggie stuff Connor was actually 18, and a 33 year old with an 18 year old makes me a little uncomfortable even though it is, technically legal.
*Personal Opinion* For those who say that age is only a number, and you can’t control who you fall in love with, can you please explain that to the many teenaged kids who have been kidnapped by adults, who claim that they fell in love with them? There is a reason for the law. Does the law exist in a post-apocalyptic world? I don’t know, I’ve never lived in one, but I doubt it. However, morals and conscience do and I can’t imagine myself saying, “hey that person is 16 years your junior but go for it”.