‘The Walking Dead’ Rick And Michonne Spin-Off Has One Huge Problem To Overcome


The living Dead won’t end when season 11 airs its final episode. Even aside from the shuffling shell of a show that is Fear the walking dead –a show nimble enough to avoid cancellation but not to watch an episode in years – we have several spin-offs in the works.

There is the spin-off Daryl + Dog + Motorcycle which used to feature Carol. However, Norman Reedus is saddled up alone, while Melissa McBride has retired. Maybe Season 11’s goofy villain Leah will leave the Dark Side and join Daryl on his new adventure, but let’s hope not.


Then there’s the Negan + Maggie spin-off Island of the Dead with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan. I think we know which characters won’t die in season 11, folks! As much as I really like Negan and JDM’s portrayal of him (at least as Negan 2.0), I’m much less fond of Maggie (badass season 11 notwithstanding) and I’m totally not convinced this is a good idea.

But the more I think about it, the more I think it’s a better idea than its most recently announced spin-off: a Michonne + Rick Grimes limited series starring Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln that tells the story of how they ended up meeting each other. find after all these years.

For starters, Negan and Maggie have more sexual tension in a single scene than Rick and Michonne have ever had in all their seasons together. Frankly, Rick and Michonne – outside of crazy fan shipper forums – never made sense and never worked. They’re both great characters, but as a couple, they’re all about toothpaste and orange juice together.


Negan and Maggie, on the other hand, do. . . despite some differences in the past (or maybe in a twisted way because of them) I think they would snap, crackle and pop.

When Michonne left The living Dead I called her last episode “utterly ridiculous in every way” writing. The episode itself was pretty bad (mostly) but her departure — leaving her kids behind in the middle of a life-and-death battle with the Whisperers — was what really upset me about the character’s departure.


So here’s the problem this spin-off has to overcome. We have to believe that Michonne would leave two young children behind to go on a wild goose hunt to find Rick, who by this point has been missing for several years, somewhere in the zombie apocalypse, because her love for him is so strong and so pure. and so powerful that she had no other choice.

Then, somehow, when she finds her long-lost love, the show has to convince us that their love is, in fact, so brilliant and awe-inspiring that through every trial and tribulation it will not only survive, but become even brighter. to burn.

The official recap of the show reads:

“This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept at a 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 ultimately a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation they have never known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? victors? Will they live without each other, or will they discover that they too are the Walking Dead?’


This does little to allay my fears about Rick and Michonne’s glaring lack of chemistry or any real romance to speak of. If the show’s creators don’t even know if they’re enemies, lovers, victims, or victors, what can we expect from these six episodes?

Besides, as I mentioned earlier, wrapping the Rick/Michonne storyline into the main series would resonate more emotionally. This would allow them to be reunited not only with each other, but with all their children – as well as with all their old friends, many of whom are sure they will not die.

Here’s the thing, in the bigger story of The living Dead Rick and Michonne spent more time (on screen anyway) as travel companions than lovers. We hardly see how they become lovers to start with in Season 6 (Rick makes a pretty radical turnaround after his obsession with Jessie).


Michonne spends even more time apart from Rick completely out of the picture during the time jump after his disappearance than she ever spent with him. Through many years. They were together for an insanely short time in fiction, and yet she abandons her children to go looking for him years later based on a faint lead?

I am not sold, and it will cost me a lot to sell when the time comes. No chemistry, a ridiculous departure from Michonne, years in both the real world and Walking Dead universe, presumably none of the other cast. . . what exactly is the point of this more than fan service for the Rick-Michonne shippers (who somehow saw in this link all the things I find absent)?

What do you think, dear readers of me? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.


PS This headline is also totally ridiculous, despite the fact that I wrote it. Obviously, the Rick and Michonne have a lot of huge problems to overcome, including the fact that it’s being written and produced by the same people who The living Dead in the ground, and by a company that doesn’t seem to care much about quality control. If I were the stars, I would go into this carefully and with demands.



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