The Walking Dead boss confirms Michonne return with Rick Grimes ‘Just getting started’

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AMC finally dropped the highly anticipated finale of The Walking Dead’s tenth season at the start of October. With multiple spin-off projects in the works, the series’ producer Scott Gimple has teased huge plans for Michonne and Rick Grimes. 

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The 16th episode of The Walking Dead season ten was finally released on AMC this month after production was hit with severe delays amid the outbreak of coronavirus. 

As usual, Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) and the band of survivors dealt with the ongoing aftermath of their own outbreak in the long-anticipated season finale.

In A Certain Doom, Hilltop, Alexandria and Oceanside finally took down Beta (Ryan Hurst and the Whisperers, whilst the arrival of a familiar face set the stage for season eleven.

Although Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) made her long-awaited return, there was no sign of Michonne (Danai Gurira) or Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) following their departures in the last two seasons.

After a grisly injury, Rick was airlifted to safety by a CRM helicopter in season nine, with Michonne picking up his trail a few episodes before this year’s finale. 

However, fans may have some time to wait before the pair reunite, as the main series is confirmed to be coming to an end with six additional episodes to season ten and a final eleventh season.

Fortunately, the story of TWD is set to continue with multiple spin-offs in the work, including the recently released The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

Additionally, Rick Grimes is confirmed to be making his return in a trilogy of films based on the show’s former protagonist.

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TWD’s first feature foray is hoped to hit cinemas, pending the current situation surrounding the pandemic, and is currently being penned by former showrunner and current producer, Scott Gimple. 

He explained: “We’re following the same general plan but movies take a little longer and we’re playing with it in all sorts of directions – and then, the pandemic happened, which gave us the opportunity or the necessity to do that.”

Although the chief content officer for TWD admitted the pandemic has given him more room to breath during the script writing process, it has also meant the three films could take longer than anticipated to reach the public. 

However, he assured fans: “We’re still doing that. Andrew [Lincoln] is super involved, [creator Robert Kirkman] is super involved. It really is proceeding.”

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“It’s just that current circumstances have given us a little extra time that we seem to need anyways. We really want to do it right.”

As the project steams ahead, producers for the series have confirmed there are no plans to axe the show’s biggest players, as season eleven will be followed by yet another spin-off centred on Daryl and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). 

Moreover, it appears Michonne’s search for Rick is set to form a substantial part of Gimple’s forthcoming film trilogy.

He continued: “We’ve been working on the script and playing around with different aspects of it, but it’s still fairly early in there…. you’ll be seeing Michonne, yeah.”

“We’re going to be telling stories with Michonne again. The end of her on the series was, in many ways, the start of the story.”

Breakout star Danai Gurira previously left the series due to commitments to her Marvel role as Okoye, one of King T’Challa’s most trusted soldiers. 

Thankfully, Gimple has confirmed Michonne’s story is far from over, and the fan favourite, katana-wielding hero will soon be making her big screen debut.

The Walking Dead’s extended season 10 will continue in 2021 on AMC.

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