Fans of The Walking Dead are looking forward to seeing the series come to an epic conclusion, while also looking ahead to the spin-offs that are promised to move some of our favorite characters forward. We will see the unlikely duo Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) moving to a walker-overrun Manhattan, New York; we will see Daryl (Norman Reedus) take off for a new adventure in Paris, France; and the most exciting story (in my opinion) will follow the reunion of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).
It’s been more than six years since Rick disappeared from his group in the mysterious CRM helicopter with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh). During the AMC Networks Summit in New York, showrunner Scott M. Gimple teased that this “epic love story” reuniting Rick and Michonne takes place in a location never before seen in The Walking Dead Universe. “The discovery of individual new worlds is critical,” Gimple said, adding that Rick “discovered a new world” when he woke up from a coma in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead. “There will be no comas,” Gimple joked of the Rick/Michonne series.
The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang noted we last saw Michonne “somewhere in between” Virginia and New Jersey, headed north and trailing a large migrant caravan journeying in that same direction. They may have been the displaced survivors of Portland, Oregon, a community of 87,000 survivors targeted by Jadis and the CRM’s second chemical strike on World Beyond. (That series ended with the people of The Perimeter — a smaller colony of survivors in Ithaca, New York — traveling cross-country on a mission to warn Portland.)
The series description reads:
“This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?”
I can’t wait for this series, and have been pumped to see what happened to Rick ever since he left! The first season of the series, which begins with six episodes, is slated to premiere in 2023 on AMC and AMC+. Are you excited for the new spin-off series?