The Walking Dead: 10 Characters Who Must Appear In Rick & Michonne's Spinoff

The Walking Dead is coming to a close later this year with the third batch of episodes from Season 11 set to premiere in October. But fans won't be left without more post-apocalyptic drama, as executive producer Scott M. Gimple recently confirmed the development of a spinoff limited series starring Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira's Michonne.

While very little is yet known about this series, which is replacing the formerly announced Rick Grimes movies, fans can expect the show to bring a close to Rick and Michonne's story in the franchise. As such, there are certain characters who should show up for the miniseries to resonate with viewers.

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Jadis

Jadis looking into the distance on The Walking Dead.

Jadis, portrayed by Pollyanna McIntosh, was the leader of the Scavengers in the seventh and eighth seasons of The Walking Dead. However, she was later revealed to be involved with the larger community known as the CRM, reappearing in the two-season spinoff series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, where she was established as a high-ranking officer in the CRM's military.

McIntosh's character seems destined to cross paths with Rick and Michonne once more when they return for their spinoff series. If the CRM truly does factor into the upcoming show, as has been heavily implied, fans can count on Jadis to make an appearance, likely as an enemy to Rick and company.

Madison Clark

Fear the Walking Dead Madison Clark Kim Dickens

Kim Dickens portrays Madison Clark on Fear the Walking Dead, a character who, until recently was presumed deceased. Madison recently reemerged in the Season 7 finale of the spinoff series, foreshadowing a much longer future on the show than fans had initially guessed.

With the exception of Morgan, Madison has not met any of the characters from The Walking Dead, though many fans have wondered what such an encounter would look like. Seeing Madison meet up with the likes of Rick and Michonne would fulfill many fans' dreams and provide plenty of entertaining interactions between them.

Negan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in The Walking Dead

Jeffrey Dean Morgan joined The Walking Dead as Negan in the Season 6 finale, going on to serve as the show's main antagonist for the next two years. In the time since, Negan has become a member of the core group of survivors leading into the series finale. While Negan still must resolve several story threads before The Walking Dead ends later this year, he will appear in the upcoming Isle of the Dead spinoff.

Negan was undoubtedly Rick's greatest enemy during his time on The Walking Dead. However, Rick's choice to preserve Negan's life changed the character's entire trajectory. Therefore, Rick deserves a chance to see the fruits of his decision, witnessing the full redemption of his archnemesis.

Morgan Jones

A picture of Lennie James' Walking Dead character Morgan Jones is shown.

Lennie James first appeared in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead as Morgan Jones. He would appear sporadically on the series until joining as a regular cast member for two years. Eventually, Morgan would be transferred over to the spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, becoming the show's new lead character. When last seen in the season 7 finale, Morgan had encountered the long-thought-dead Madison Clark, leaving fans with plenty of questions about The Walking Dead Season 8.

As one of Rick's earliest allies at the onset of the zombie apocalypse, it would be more than appropriate for Morgan to make at least a cameo appearance in the upcoming spinoff. While the character has an obligation to his current storyline in Fear the Walking Dead, his presence would be an excellent way of bridging the gap between the two shows.

Al

Maggie Grace as Al in Fear The Walking Dead Season 7

Maggie Grace joined Fear the Walking Dead in its fourth season as Al, a former reporter who travels the post-apocalyptic world in search of survivors' stories. She quickly established herself as one of the bravest characters on Fear the Walking Dead before departing in its most recent season.

Though Althea's future in the franchise remains unclear, her continued survival hints that she will appear at least once more before closing the book on her story once and for all. Her relationship with a mysterious CRM helicopter pilot seems to imply that Al will have a larger part to play in the budding storyline, which is expected to factor heavily into the upcoming limited series.

Heath

Walking Dead Heath Corey Hawkins

Corey Hawkins's Heath was set up to be a major character beginning in Season 6 of The Walking Dead. However, after the meteoric rise of Hawkins's career, Heath was written off the series early in Season 7. Nevertheless, the writers kept the door open for Heath's return, having him mysteriously disappear rather than being killed off.

Heath's disappearance has been a lingering mystery of The Walking Dead for years. Many fans had speculated that Corey Hawkins would indeed return for the Rick Grimes spinoff films, but numerous delays and the films' subsequent transition into a limited series may have altered any such plans. Even so, fans remain adamant that this mystery be solved before much longer.

Hope Bennett

Hope Bennett, played by Alexia Mansour, is one of the main characters in the two-season spinoff series The Walking Dead: World Beyond. As one of the more capable characters in the series, Hope also possesses a brilliant mind, even untangling some of the mysteries regarding the zombie virus that brought about the end of the world.

When she was last seen, Hope was working alongside her father to further study the zombie virus. It has long been speculated that Rick and Michonne's spinoff would also delve into this issue, seemingly setting the two characters on a collision course with Hope and the Bennett family. This would be the perfect way to intertwine the two series, which have been mostly kept separate thus far.

Maggie Rhee

Walking Dead Maggie Rhee Lauren Cohan

Lauren Cohan's Maggie Greene-Rhee has returned for the show's final season, continuing her arc in the wake of her husband's death at the beginning of Season 7. Much to fans' amazement, Maggie has been confirmed to be returning alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan in the spinoff series Isle of the Dead, which promises to depict a post-apocalyptic New York City.

Maggie was one of Rick's closest confidants during his time on the show, but their relationship began to wane in his final episodes after Rick chose to preserve Negan's life. The two never had the chance to reach any level of reconciliation before Rick's disappearance, making it necessary for the two to reunite at some point in the upcoming limited series.

Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon, portrayed by Norman Reedus, is one of the last remaining characters from Season 1 of The Walking Dead. As the standout fan-favorite character from the series, expectations are high for Daryl in the final episodes of the series. While Daryl has plenty to work out on The Walking Dead before appearing in his very own spinoff, fans are excited to see where his journeys take him next.

After Rick's disappearance in Season 9, Daryl was the very last person to give up searching for him, spending years combing the river for any sign of his missing friend. Rick and Daryl's friendship was a highlight of the show's early years, and fans are eager to see a reunion between the two before their time in the franchise comes to an end.

Judith Grimes

Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes in The Walking Dead

Judith Grimes is the daughter of Rick and Lori, born during Season 3. With Cailey Fleming taking over the role after Season 9's time jump, Judith has become a central character on The Walking Dead. Her relationships with some of the show's most important characters, especially Daryl and Negan, have been highlights of the last three seasons.

Tragically, Judith's memories of her father are spotty and scarce, since he disappeared when she was very young. Even worse, the only parent she had ever really known, Michonne, departed several years thereafter in search of Rick. A spinoff series featuring both Rick and Michonne would feel woefully incomplete without an appearance by their daughter, who deserves to be reunited with her long-lost parents.

NEXT: Daryl's Greatest Enemies On The Walking Dead

2022-08-14T12:45:53.000Z

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