Michonne’s Exit From ‘The Walking Dead’ Teases Rick Grimes’ Return

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Danai Gurira’s seven seasons on The Walking Dead came to an end with last night’s episode, but she’s far from done playing the sword-wielding Michonne. We always knew that Michonne would be back, but her exit also teased the return of Andrew Lincoln as her former lover, Rick Grimes.

In last night’s episode titled “What We Become”, Michonne made a seafaring escape from the zombie apocalypse, to find her lost love, Rick. But it all began with the misguided Virgil (Kevin Carroll), who had kidnapped and drugged Michonne in an effort to help her. Which he did, incidentally, by leading her to a boat containing Rick’s familiar cowboy boots along with sketches of Michonne and what appears to be daughter Judith Grimes. So Michonne does the only thing she can do, which is to go off in search of Rick, who vanished a decade earlier.

When it was first revealed that Lincoln would leave the show after season 9, we knew it wasn’t meant to be forever. A trilogy of films centered on Rick Grimes is in the works, and this episode appears to be setting up a Rick/Michonne reunion there, or perhaps in a new series all to themselves?

Gurira wouldn’t confirm anything in her interview with Deadline, but did say this about Michonne’s departure and what it means…

“I thought it was beautiful that she got to, you know, kind of get cosmically rewarded for helping this weird guy, Virgil, who is played by a wonderful actor who I’ve always admired, Kevin Carroll. Rewarded by finding evidence that’s something she’s always suspected was true, which was that Rick didn’t die on that bridge. We’ll see what happens next or see if something happens.”

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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