- Rick and Michonne are returning to The Walking Dead universe in a spin-off next year.
- Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln surprised fans at the “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 highly anticipated Rick Grimes movies “The Walking Dead” and it’s not what we expected.
“TWD” stars Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira surprised fans at San Diego Comic-Con Friday afternoon by announcing that Rick and Michonne’s love story will continue as a series of one-hour episodes next year.
“We… are preparing something for you because we miss you and we owe you the conclusion of the story. [of] Rick and Michonne,” Gurira told the Comic-Con crowd.
“So next year, there will be six episodes on AMC+, which will air in 2023,” Lincoln added of Rick and Michonne’s upcoming series, while it looks like he’ll be returning 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 exclusive to AMC+.
“TWD” panel presenter Chris Hardwick asked “TWD universe” boss Scott M. Gimple onstage if the untitled Rick and Michonne series will replace the Rick Grimes movie that has been teased for years. Gimple answered straight: “Yes.”
“Personally, I can’t wait to put my cowboy boots back on and get the band back together again,” Lincoln said of reprising his iconic “TWD” role.
“He has to find his wife first,” Gurira added quickly.
Lincoln left “The Walking Dead” in 2018 openly. His character, Rick, was taken by helicopter, never to be seen again. His friends and associates were all led to believe he died in an explosion and a bridge collapsed. Gurira’s character Michonne left the series in Season 10 when she found a clue that he might be alive.
According to a press release, Michonne and Rick’s series will “start with six episodes,” making it seem like there’s potential for more than a limited series. Lincoln and Gurira will serve as executive producers on the series, with Gimple serving as host.
AMC described the upcoming series as follows:
“This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Separated by distance. By unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, one built on a war against the dead. … And finally, a war against the living. Can they find themselves and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Winners? One without the other , are they alive – or will they discover that they are also the undead?”
Closing out Friday’s panel, Gimple added: “We can’t thank you enough for your patience and we’re working hard to make sure it paid off.”
The news likely came as a shock to fans of the series. Originally announced as a trilogy film to be made in 2018, a trailer for the film was later released in 2019 at SDCC with Universal Pictures. The film has since creatively stopped with script rewrites over the years. Even comic book 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 had known about the Rick and Michonne series for some time, with discussions about it for about 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 it.”
“The Walking Dead” will air its final eight episodes in the fall, starting October 2, 2022.