The Story For Rick & Michonne's Walking Dead Show Has Us Concerned

AMC’s plan for Rick and Michonne’s return creates some big concerns for their Walking Dead spinoff. Years after announcing that Andrew Lincoln would reprise his role as Rick Grimes in a trilogy of movies, AMC confirmed that Rick will actually be back on the small screen instead. The next chapter in Rick’s Walking Dead story will arrive in the form of a miniseries.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, AMC provided some insight into what the future of The Walking Dead looks like. Adding to the list of spinoffs it already has in development is an untitled series that will continue season 9 and season 10’s setup. Six years after Rick’s “death”, Danai Gurira’s Michonne made the shocking discovery that he somehow survived the explosion on the bridge. By using Rick as the reason for Michonne’s Walking Dead exit, the show triggered assumptions that she’d be a part of the Rick Grimes movies. Now, AMC has finally painted a picture of what the franchise has in store for the two characters. A six-episode spinoff set to release on AMC and AMC+ will see Rick and Michonne’s reunion take center stage.


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According to AMC, the spinoff’s story will be an “epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world”. The rest of the description related mostly to the strength of Rick and Michonne's relationship and their determination to find each other. While it’s good that The Walking Dead hasn’t abandoned the Rick-Michonne romance, it’s worth wondering if the spinoff is telling the wrong story for the show. For years, the hype surrounding Rick’s highly anticipated return has been centered on the CRM and what’s been going with Rick since he disappeared. Through their own CRM storylines, both Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond have helped build excitement for a high-stakes battle with the powerful, oppressive organization. That’s a bit different from the “epic love story” that the spinoff is currently promising.

How The CRM Will Factor In Rick & Michonne's Walking Dead Show

Danai Gurira as Michonne and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead

While the description for Rick and Michonne’s new show downplays the CRM’s importance, the poster for the Walking Dead spinoff does hint at their involvement. Helicopters and planes can be seen flying in the background. Since the black helicopter that took Rick has become a symbol of the CRM at this point, this is an obvious tease of the organization being a major factor. That’s as it should be, considering that they were the ones who abducted Rick. Presumably, he’s been in their custody for more than six years now, thus generating all sorts of mysteries regarding where he’s been, why he hasn’t come back, and what they really wanted from him.

Anything less than a deep exploration of the CRM would be a huge disappointment, especially since The Walking Dead has been setting up the CRM to be the ultimate villains of the franchise and the final challenge for Rick to overcome. World Beyond serving as two-season story about the CRM is indicative of the group’s storytelling potential, and it would be for the best for Rick and Michonne’s Walking Dead show to make the most out of them as well. It would be a mistake for their romance to overshadow the long-awaited conflict between Rick and the CRM.