Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead series finale. “It is we who live.” With these words in the Sunday “Rest in peace“series finale of The walking dead, Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) revealed the secret saying shared by his parents: Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). In “Try,” the Season 5 episode of The Walking Dead written by now showrunner Angela Kang, the line comes from Rick. After first arriving in the Alexandria Safe Zone, Rick says of his tried and tested group of zombie apocalypse survivors, “We know what needs to be done and we do it. We are the ones who live.”
Spoiler alert: In the last minutes of The Walking DeadIn the series finale, Lincoln and Gurira make a special appearance in a five-minute epilogue ending with “Rest in Peace”. The show’s final scene reveals what happened after Rick’s fateful helicopter flight in Lincoln’s final episode, season 9’s “What Comes After,” and what happened to the never-before-seen Michonne. since Season 10’s “What We Become”. Since leaving, Michonne has been on a mission to find Rick and bring him home to their children: Judith and Rick “RJ” Grimes Jr. (Antony Azor).
“The show has always been Rick Grimes’ journey. You can’t quite sum up the story of The Walking Dead without Rick Grimes”, says exclusively Greg Nicotero, executive producer of the series and director of the episodes. comics. “It didn’t feel right, it didn’t feel authentic.”
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The last time we saw Rick, he was seriously injured after blowing up a bridge to save his family and friends from a horde of walkers. Responding to what happened to Rick after he flies off in a Civic Republic military helicopter with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), the scene reveals that Rick is a “recipient” of the CRM.
Safer The Walking Dead: World BeyondJadis confirmed that she traded Rick to CRM for a new life and admission into the Civic Republic, a hidden civilization of 200,000 survivors living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rick’s filthy work clothes and his killer weapon indicate that he has been working for quite some time. Civic Republic Slaughter Facility: decontamination centers where workers carry out mass culls to clear entire walker states. Before being promoted to private, Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) was one such worker in Season 2 of World beyond.
The show’s creators “have been back and forth quite a bit” over whether to end The Walking Dead with Rick, Nicotero explains, only because “we don’t want to interfere with the character arcs” of the show’s current cast of main characters. “We didn’t want to do that, so we didn’t want it to be a situation where they fight zombies and then Rick Grimes shows up to save the day.”
“We wanted to serve the story arc that the writers had created over the last 30 or so episodes [of Season 11]but we couldn’t finish The Walking Dead with Rick Grimes taken away in a helicopter and he’s never mentioned again,” Nicotero says. “So it was really important for us to really wrap the show up the way it started, which is to see who is this person and where he is traveling. »
Rick’s journey continues in the rick and michonne spin-off series, described as an “epic love story” between Rick and Michonne on AMC and AMC+. Scott M. Gimple, AMC Chief Content Officer Walking Dead Universe, will serve as showrunner on the series he created and executive produces with Lincoln and Gurira.
At the flagship show’s final San Diego Comic-Con panel in July, Lincoln and Gurira made a surprise appearance and announcement: the big screen. Walking Dead the trilogy of films in development since 2018 was dead. “Richonne” would live on, with the stories of Rick and Michonne continuing on the small screen in a six-episode first season slated to premiere in 2023.
Just two weeks later, Lincoln and Gurira reprized their roles, filming the final end-episode epilogue in secret months after. series closure on the eleventh and final season.
“We filmed this sequence on August 8 and 9 of this year. So we finished Walking Dead, I think, April 1,” the director says. “And then it was written by Scott Gimple, and Andy contributed a lot, and so did Danai. So it was really a great opportunity for me to be in the field again with Scott Gimple, because he wasn’t the showrunner on The Walking Dead the last two seasons.”
By giving viewers a first glimpse of the rick and michonne spin-off, Nicotero explains, “The idea was really that it was about these short little impressionistic images that tell us that Rick is still alive and still fighting to get home, and Michonne is there. down, and she’s still fighting to find him.”
Rick and Michonne’s voiceovers intertwine as they narrate the scene, each writing letters to loved ones back home: Rick’s letter to Michonne, Michonne’s letter to the Grimes children. The sequence pays homage to the dead and the living loved and lost across 11 seasons, 12 years and 177 episodes of The Walking Dead.
“And in that particular moment, they’re thinking about each other, and they’re thinking about the people they love and the people they’ve lost,” the director said. “And to do that, and to know that the reason they’re still dedicated to their fight is because of the people they lost and the people they love. So that was what he was about. And without a doubt, I feel that we have captured that spirit, and the spirit of moving forward with what the world has in store for them.”
The coda ends with Michonne, the katana-wielding warrior, riding on horseback through a canyon overrun by a horde of the undead. On a riverbank outside of the Civic Republic, a black CRM helicopter – like the one that took him away from his family more than six years earlier – foils Rick’s escape attempt.
“Consignee Grimes. You have been located and ordered to surrender. Stay put with your hands up“, the pilot says to a defiant Rick, the helicopter hovering above him.Come on, Rick. It’s like she told you: there’s no escape for the living.”
Rick smiles. Before going white, Rick says, “We’re the ones living.” In the Commonwealth, The Walking Dead ends on Judith and RJ Grimes looking to the future. “We have to start over,” Judith told her younger brother. “It is we who live.”
What is the Rick and Michonne spin-off about?
AMC described rick and michonne: “This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Separated 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 finally, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation they’ve never known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims “Victorians? Without the other, are they even alive – or will they discover that they too are the walking dead?”
The Walking Dead: Rick and Michonne start production in January and premieres later in 2023 on AMC and AMC+.