Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on The Walking Dead, has hinted at the “epic love story” that will unfold between her character and Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes in their upcoming spinoff series, which will consist of six episodes and debut in early 2024. After Rick Grimes left the original series in season 9 and Michonne left to look for Rick in season 10, the spinoff will finally depict their long-awaited reunion. The Walking Dead ran for 11 seasons, 177 episodes, over 12 years, ending in 2022. However, the drama is far from over. Three spinoff shows that will feature some of the main characters from the original program have already been confirmed. Fear the Walking Dead, the first-ever spinoff, recently announced that it would terminate after eight seasons.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently, Gurira discussed her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as well as the possibility of an Okoye-led spinoff.
The subject of her impending The Walking Dead spinoff came up as well. Although she stayed mum on specifics, she pointed out the romantic overtones of the Rick and Michonne reunion and the resolution of numerous unresolved plot points from the original program. For her full reaction, continue reading:
The Rick & Michonne Spinoff: Everything We Know
The Walking Dead’s final episode confirms that Rick is in Philadelphia and appears to be running from the enigmatic Civic Republic Military, the same group that picked him and Jadis up by helicopter in his departure from the show in season 9, episode 5, “What Comes After.” Plot details have been kept tightly guarded. The Walking Dead: World Beyond, another spinoff of the series, delves deeper into the CRM and reveals it to be a massive military power with tremendous influence and technology. It might be the main nemesis in the future Rick and Michonne spinoff.
The Walking Dead’s season finale also features Michonne, who is still looking for Rick while wearing some improvised armor.
She appears to have lost the two friends she made in “What We Become,” episode 13 of season 10 (her leaving episode), where they were speculated to have also faced the CRM. The three future spinoffs of The Walking Dead may or may not connect in some manner, but the CRM appears to be the show’s greatest foe, and Michonne may go very well to entrust with freeing Rick from captivity. The couple’s ultimate objective will undoubtedly be to return to Judith and RJ and permanently reunite the family.
The lack of comic book material from which could produce the series is one feature that sets the spinoffs apart from their progenitor. Because of this, the spinoffs, unlike The Walking Dead, cannot be predicted based on current comic stories. Rick and Michonne’s journey is described in a recent press release as one of finding each other and discovering oneself.
It reiterates Gurira’s statement that this will be an “epic love story” and that they will encounter “an unstoppable power,” which may very well be the CRM mentioned above. There is also a suggestion that Rick and Michonne might clash. As with the other spinoffs, the couple will receive significantly more screen time and depth than the ensemble parent series, promising an epic voyage of love and discovery.