- Rick and Michonne return to the world of “The Walking Dead” for a spin-off next year.
- Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln surprised fans at the “TWD” panel to announce it.
- The series will begin with six episodes, with Scott M. Gimple as a model.
We finally have an update on the much-anticipated Rick Grimes movies “The Walking Dead” and that’s not what we were expecting.
“TWD” stars Andrew Lincoln and Danny Gurira surprised fans at San Diego Comic-Con Friday afternoon to announce that Rick and Michonne’s romance will continue as an hour-long series next year.
“We… are cooking something for you because we missed you and we owe you the ending of the story [of] Rick and Michonne,” Gurira told Comic-Con audience.
“Next year, there will be six episodes on AMC+, airing in 2023,” Lincoln added of the upcoming Rick and Michonne series while apparently returning to San Diego Comic-Con next year to reveal more.
Insider reached out to AMC to confirm whether or not the series will be exclusive to AMC+.
“TWD” panel host Chris Hardwick asked “TWD World” president Scott M. Gimble on stage if the untitled Rick and Michonne series would replace the ridiculed Rick Grimes movie of years ago. Gimple answered bluntly: “Yes.”
“Personally, I can’t wait to get my cowboy boots back and get the band back,” Lincoln said of his famous reprise of “TWD.”
“He has to find his woman first,” Gurira quickly added.
Lincoln left The Walking Dead in 2018 in open style. His character, Rick, was flown in a helicopter and will never be seen again. He left his friends and partner to believe he died in an explosion and bridge collapse. Gurira’s character, Michonne, left the series in season 10 when she found evidence that he might be alive.
According to a press release, Michonne and Rick’s series will start with “six episodes,” which makes it seem as though there’s a possibility that this will be more than just a limited series. Lincoln and Gurira will serve as executive producers on the series, with Gimble serving as showrunner.
AMC described the upcoming series as follows:
“This series presents the epic love story of two characters who are changed by a changing world. They are separated by a distance. With an unstoppable force. By ghosts from Kana. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, set in a war against the dead… and ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who were in a place and situation they did not know before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they alive—or will they also find that they are the walking dead?”
“We can’t thank you enough for your patience and are working hard to make sure she deserves it,” Gimple added at the conclusion of Friday’s session.
Perhaps the news came as a shock to fans of the series. Originally announced as a movie trilogy to be produced in 2018, a trailer for the film was later released in 2019 at SDCC with Universal Pictures. Since then, the film has stopped creatively with script rewriting over the years. Even storyboard maker Robert Kirkman stepped in at one point to work on the script.
During a press conference, which was attended by Insider, star Norman Reedus and executive producer Greg Nicotero said they have known about the Rick and Michonne series for some time with discussions about it continuing for nearly a year.
“We’re all in touch, so we’re all talking all the time,” Nicotero said. “So it was, you know, conversations about the movie, conversations about it.”
The Walking Dead will air its final eight episodes in the fall, beginning October 2, 2022.
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