The Walking Dead Series Finale Epilogue Explained By Director (Exclusive)

Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Walking Dead series finale. “We are the ones who live.” With those words in Sunday’s “Rest in Peace” series finale The living Dead, Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) revealed the secret saying shared by her parents: Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). In “Try,” the Season 5 episode of The living Dead written by now showrunner Angela Kang, the line comes from Rick. After his first arrival in the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Rick declares of his time-tested band of zombie apocalypse survivors, “We know what needs to be done and we’re doing it. We’re the ones who live.”

Spoiler Alert: In the last minutes of The living DeadIn the final episode of the series, Lincoln and Gurira make a special appearance in a five-minute epilogue that ends with “Rest in Peace”. The show’s final scene reveals what happened after Rick’s fateful helicopter ride in Lincoln’s final episode, Season 9’s “What Comes After,” and what happened to Michonne, not seen since Season 10’s “What We Become.” departure, 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 was always Rick Grimes’ journey. You can tell the story of The living Dead without Rick Grimes,” executive producer and episode director Greg Nicotero tells us exclusively Comic. “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 walker horde. In response to what happened to Rick after flying aboard a Civic Republic military helicopter with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), the scene reveals that Rick is an “addressee” of the CRM.

About The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Jadis confirmed that she had traded Rick into the CRM for a new life and access to the Civic Republic, a hidden civilization of 200,000 survivors living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rick’s grubby work clothes and kill stick weapon indicate he is an employee for a Civic Republic Cull Facility: decontamination centers where workers conduct mass culls to rid entire states of walkers. Before he was promoted to soldier, Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) was one such employee in Season 2 of World over.

The show’s creators “went back and forth quite a bit” about whether or not to end it The living Dead with Rick, Nicotero explains, just 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’re fighting zombies, and then Rick Grimes shows up to save the day.”

“We wanted to serve the storyline that the writers had created in the last 30 episodes or so [of Season 11]but we couldn’t finish The living Dead with Rick Grimes who was taken away in a helicopter and he is never spoken of again,” says Nicotero. where he is on his journey.”

Rick’s journey continues in the Rick & Michonne spin-off series, described as an “epic love story” reuniting Rick and Michonne on AMC and AMC+. Scott M. Gimple, AMC’s 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 movie trilogy in development since 2018 was dead. “Richonne” would live on, Rick and Michonne’s stories continued on the small screen in a six-episode first season set to premiere in 2023.

Just two weeks later, Lincoln and Gurira reprized their roles and secretly filmed the epilogue that ended the series finale, months after the series ended in its eleventh and final season.

“We filmed that sequence on August 8 and 9 of this year. So we wrapped it up Walking dead“I think April 1,” says the director. “And then it was written by Scott Gimple, and Andy had a lot of input on it, so did Danai. So it was a really great opportunity for me to get back on the ground with Scott Gimple, because he wasn’t the showrunner on The living Dead the last few seasons.”

By giving viewers their first look at the Rick & Michonne spin-off, Nicotero explains: “The idea was really that it was meant to be these short little impressionistic images that tell us that Rick is alive and still fighting to get home, and Michonne is out there, and she’s still fighting .” to find him.”

Rick and Michonne’s voiceovers intertwine as they narrate the scene, each writing letters to their loved ones back home: Rick’s letter to Michonne, Michonne’s letter to the children of Grimes. The series is a tribute to the dead and the living loved and lost in 11 seasons, 12 years and 177 episodes of The living Dead.

“And at this particular moment in time, they’re thinking about each other, and they’re thinking about the people they love and the people they’ve lost,” says the director. And to do that, and to know that the reason they’re still committed to their fight is because of the people they’ve lost and the people they love. So that’s what it was all about. And no doubt , I feel like we’ve captured that spirit, and the spirit to push forward whatever the world has in store for them.

The coda ends with Michonne, the katana-wielding warrior, riding on horseback into a chasm overrun by a horde of the undead. On a riverbank outside the Civic Republic, a black CRM helicopter, like the one that took him away from his family more than six years earlier, thwarts Rick’s attempt to escape.

Addressee Grimes. You have been located and ordered to surrender. Stay in place with your hands upthe pilot tells a defiant Rick, as the helicopter hovers above him.Come on Rick. It’s like she told you: there’s no escape for the living.”

Rick laughs. Before we fade to white, Rick says, “We are the ones who live.” At the Commonwealth, The living Dead ends with Judith and RJ Grimes looking to the future. ‘We can start over’, Judith says to her younger brother. “We are the ones who live.”

What is the Rick and Michonne spin-off about?

AMC describes Rick & Michonne: “This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Held apart by distance. By an unstoppable force. 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 like they’ve never known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Overcomers? Without each other? are they even alive – or will they discover that they too are the Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne will begin production in January and premiere on AMC and AMC+ later in 2023.

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