.The Walking Dead is without its lead character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), for nearly an entire year. However, in the years of the show, it’s been approximately six years since Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) took Rick away in her military helicopter to an unknown location. Also missing from action since Rick’s departure and the time jump is Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). Maggie departed the Hilltop community at the same time, taking along her son, Hershel. Rick’s location remains a mystery but are we closer to finding out where he’s now living?
WARNING!: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
The Walking Dead Season 10 mid-season finale left us with a number of cliffhangers but one was the departure of Michonne. Michonne sailed away with Virgil on a sailboat to a military base that is located on an island. One prominent theory is that Michonne will discover some clues that Rick is still alive and that it will set her in motion to go and look for Rick.
However, what if that’s more complicated than what may actually be happening? Lauren Cohan’s return to The Walking Dead is clearly publicized. Yet we’ve been teased that Maggie may be seen before Season 11. Maggie is with a woman named Georgia. Georgie is communicating and discovering other communities. Therefore, it is possible that she has visited the community where Rick and Jadis are now living.
We know that Jadis and Rick’s helicopter matches the helicopter in the new spinoff series, The Walking Dead: World Beyond. And, we know that Walking Dead creative leader, Scott Gimple, has confirmed that the three-circle symbol represents three communities. The new community is featured on the new show.
This means there are three opportunities for Maggie to encounter Rick and also, potentially, hear about Rick Grimes living in the communities – that’s if Rick remembers who he is!
But why wouldn’t Maggie just send this information by letter? It is possible that as fast as Maggie could send a letter by courier, she could just jump on a horse and relay the information herself. It is also possible that Maggie is not aware that Eugene has a functioning radio since Eugene is not identifying himself by name when he’s speaking.
Out of a sense of urgency, Michonne takes this information and wants to immediately search the three communities for Rick. This also supports the idea as to why she’d leave Judith (Cailey Fleming) and R.J. behind, as she can trust them with the Alexandria community but also give Maggie reason to stay back and help the community in her absence, which may later turn into a more permanent stay.
Providing Michonne the opportunity to locate Rick also buys AMC the opportunity to allow Danai Gurira to work on other projects. The delay also allows AMC to exclude her character in the first feature film in the Rick Grimes trilogy.
What do you think the reason will be that Michonne leaves the current series? Where will she go? Why do you think Maggie returns? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!