The Walking Dead Star says spinoff will “complete” Rick and Michonne’s story.

Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead series finale, “Rest in Peace.” Rick Grimes and Michonne’s story survived The living Dead — and it’s far from over. Sunday’s series finale wrapped up the AMC zombie drama after 11 seasons, ending with the return of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) in a coda that doubled as the first look at the Rick & Michonne spinoff is coming to AMC in 2023. The all-new series, which reunites Rick and Michonne for an “epic love story” that reveals what happened to Rick after he disappeared and Michonne’s quest to find him, is a creative effort between the two actors and showrunner Scott M. Gimple.

“Gimple, myself and Andy have spent the last year, a year and a half or so working on really building the story and how we complete Rick and Michonne’s story,” Gurira said on Talking Dead Sunday. The living Dead final. “We’ve given you a taste of the beginning of what’s to come, a hint of what’s to come [in Rick & Michonne].”

Plot details remain mostly hidden. According to an AMC synopsis, the 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 a thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… and ultimately 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? Winners? Are they still alive without each other – or will they find out that they too are the Walking Dead?”

“It’s fun and a lot of work, but I’m really excited,” says Gurira, who also serves as writer and executive producer. “I think it’s going to come together in a great way, and I think people are going to like it.”

In Lincoln’s first episode since 2018 and Gurira’s first since 2020, the two partners are separated by distance and time. The last time we saw them, the presumed dead Rick disappeared aboard a CRM helicopter, and Michonne headed north with a trail behind him after discovering evidence that Rick was alive.

Over six years in-universe after the CRM kidnapped Rick and flown him to the Civic Republic in Philadelphia, it appears that Rick is an inmate who works for a walker culling facility, as seen on The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Meanwhile, Michonne is another lone katana-wielding warrior, clad in battle-ready armor as she tries to keep a promise: to bring Rick home to their children, Rick Jr. (Antony Azor) and Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming).

The first season of The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne will premiere with six episodes on AMC and AMC+ in late 2023. Stay informed Comic book/TWD and follow @CameronBonomolo and @NewsOfTheDead on Twitter for more TWD Universe coverage.

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