Longtime The Walking Dead cast members Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira surprised fans at Comic-Con today with an appearance at Hall H—teasing an upcoming limited series that will wrap up story arcs for their respective characters of Rick Grimes and Michonne, which is eyeing an early 2024 release.
The latest TWD spinoff will present an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart 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 ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead? The Walking Dead Universe’s Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple will serve as showrunner for the series, with Lincoln and Gurira as EPs. The show is set to launch with six episodes next year.
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Danai Gurira Teases Richonne Reunion With Andrew Lincoln
Gurira teased the upcoming series on New Year’s Day as she took to Instagram to share a selection of behind-the-scenes photos (see below) with Lincoln and Walking Dead executive producer Scott Gimple.
“#Richonne spin-off. 2023. Pre-production is in full swing. We’re getting there!” she wrote alongside the images.
The Walking Dead stars react on the news
“It was great. We knew they were coming,” Norman Reedus said when he stopped by EW’s Comic-Con video suite Saturday with the rest of his castmates. “[Lincoln]’s in the room right next to mine, so I had a chat with him all night before that. It’s great seeing them.”
Reedus’ reunion with Gurira went a little differently, though. “Danai, I was sitting on my patio and I get a text and she’s like, ‘Is that you sitting in the dark up there in a bathrobe?'” he recalled. “And I’m like looking like, where are you? That goes on for 20 minutes, and then she walked up and screamed. So it was good to see Danai.” He then joked, “Andy I don’t really care about, but I really love Danai.”
The showrunner breaks down on the news
Speaking at The Walking Dead Universe Preview 2020 special live on Sunday’s Talking Dead, Gimple said, “I’ve been working on it very, very deeply with Danai and with Andy, and we continue to work on it pretty much every day together with some Walking Dead vets and some great new voices.”
“It’s an epic love story, but it’s an epic and insane love story. These are two people that have been separated for a very long time. They’ve lived whole other existences, and they have to find themselves again, let alone each other. It’s hopefully going to be mind-blowing.”
The series is expected to pick up six years after a severely injured Rick disappeared aboard a Civic Republic Military helicopter in a 2018 episode of The Walking Dead. Following Rick’s disappearance, Michonne set about to find her partner and return him home to their children. According to the show’s official synopsis, the story will see “Rick and Michonne thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living.”
“We see this incredible power couple, but we also see that Red Machete Rick,” Gimple added, referring to Rick’s bloody showdown with the Terminus cannibals in the show’s fifth season. “It kind of goes coast to coast that way,” he said, “between the intimate and the epic and the insane.”
About Rick Grimes and Michonne
Lincoln’s character is a Sheriff who led the show’s pack of survivors for its first nine seasons. He’s presumed dead by members of his clan as of Season 9’s fifth episode “What Comes After,” after blowing up a bridge with dynamite to stave off hordes of walkers, and while he subsequently disappears, we learn that he has, in fact, survived, as he helicopters off with Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) and her allies.
Gurira’s Michonne is a katana-wielding survivor first introduced in Season 3 who joins Grimes’ group and eventually falls for him, becoming a surrogate mother to his kids. The character last appeared in Season 10, setting off to find Rick after learning that he may have survived his near mortal Season 9 injury.
“Rick and Michonne are 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 unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?”
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