- Rick and Michonne are returning to the “The Walking Dead” universe in a spin-off show next year.
- Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln surprised fans at “TWD” panel to make the announcement.
- The series will launch with six episodes with Scott M. Gimple serving as showrunner.
We finally have an update on the long-awaited Rick Grimes”The Walking Dead” movies and it’s not what we expected.
“TWD” stars Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira surprised fans at San Diego Comic-Con Friday afternoon to announce that Rick and Michonne’s love story will continue as a series of hour-long episodes next year.
“We… have been cooking something up for y’all cause we’ve missed you and we owe you the conclusion of the story [of] Rick and Michonne,” Gurira told the Comic-Con crowd.
“So next year there’s going to be six episodes on AMC+, airing in 2023,” Lincoln added of the upcoming Rick and Michonne series while making it sound like he’ll return to San Diego Comic-Con next year to reveal more.
Insider has reached out to AMC to confirm whether or not the series will be an AMC+ exclusive.
“TWD” panel host Chris Hardwick asked “TWD universe” chief Scott M. Gimple on stage if the untitled Rick and Michonne series will be in place of the Rick Grimes movie that has been teased for years. Gimple responded with a straight-forward: “Yes.”
“I personally can’t wait to get my cowboy boots back on and get the band back together,” Lincoln said of reprising his iconic “TWD” role.
“He has to find his woman first,” Gurira quickly added.
Lincoln left “The Walking Dead” in 2018 in an open-ended fashion. His character, Rick, was flown off in a helicopter never to be seen again. His friends and partner were all left to believe he died in a bridge explosion and collapse. Gurira’s character, Michonne, departed the series on season 10 when she found a clue that he may be alive.
According to a press release, the Michonne and Rick series will “begin with six episodes,” making it seem as if there’s potential for more this to be more than a limited series. Lincoln and Guira will both serve as executive producers on the series with Gimple serving as showunner.
AMC described the upcoming series as follows:
“This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by a 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 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? are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?”
Closing out Friday’s panel, Gimple added: “We can’t thank you enough for your patience and we’re working hard to make sure that it’s been worth it.”
The news probably came as a bit of shock to fans of the series. Originally announced as a trilogy movie to be made in 2018a teaser trailer for the film was later released in 2019 at SDCC with Universal Pictures. Since then, the film has stalled creatively with script rewrites over the years. Even comic creator Robert Kirkman stepped in at one point to work on the script.
During a press conference, attended by Insider, star Norman Reedus and executive producer Greg Nicotero said they knew about the Rick and Michonne series for a while with discussions of it going on for around a year.
“We all keep in touch, so we all talk all the time,” Nicotero said. “So it was, you know, conversations about the movie, conversations about this.”
“The Walking Dead” will air its final eight episodes in the fall starting on October 2, 2022.