Hey Siri, play “This Love” (Taylor’s Version). The world of television just got a little better thanks to the latest news from San Diego Comic-Con. While some of us stopped watching The Walking Dead ages ago, we now have a reason to dive back in with Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira reprising their roles as Rick and Michonne (Richonne) in a new six-episode limited series coming in 2023.
A statement on AMC reads as follows: “This is a moment fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting for since Rick disappeared in the helicopter early in season nine, and Michonne journeyed away on a quest to find him the following season,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “What a great surprise for the fans at this final Comic-Con for the series that launched this universe and made television history. We couldn’t be more excited for a truly epic series finale later this year and to see Andy and Danai return in a new series they helped create, one of three new series coming in 2023 that continue the stories of so many iconic and fan-favorite TWD characters.”
If nothing else, knowing that Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira are so heavily involved is going to make the series as epic as promised. According to Lincoln, “This has been the most extraordinary journey playing Rick Grimes for the best part of a decade. The friendships I’ve made along the way are deep and lasting, so it’s fitting that I finally get to complete the story with Danai and Scott and the rest of the TWD family. I’m so excited to be returning to the screen as Rick, reuniting with Danai as Michonne, and bringing the fans an epic love story to add to the Walking Dead Universe.”
EPIC. LOVE. STORY. Andrew Lincoln’s words, not ours. And while sure, in a universe like this, it’s tough to trust any sort of good outcome, perhaps this time, we could give it a go. Perhaps, epic indeed equates to the happy ending the characters and actors deserve to be a part of. Those of us who thought we were out are jumping right back in and for now, the excitement alone is everything.