The Walking Dead has announced that Rick Grimes will return in the season six premiere, which is set to air on AMC in October. While a slew of Rick Grimes movies have been discussed for years, the idea was abandoned in favor of a six-episode television series.
We’ll see the return of Rick and Michonne on our TVs, with the news coming at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. Now, The Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple has shed light on why a series rather than a film was chosen.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press, Gimple said: “We’re doing the show for AMC+, six episodes, an epic love story, that’s about it.”
Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira will reprise their respective roles as Rick and Michonne in the series’ return. Rick was last seen being flown away in a helicopter by the mysterious CRM group while Michonee left the show after she discovered clues to his location and set out on a mission to find him.
Rick and Michonne were a couple in the show and had a daughter, Judith and a son, R.J. Dan McDermott, AMC Networks’ AMC Studios president, praised the program’s announcement during its unveiling, calling it “an epic love story” between Rick and Michonne.
“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,” McDermott said.
This is just one of several future The Walking Dead spin-offs that will air. Daryl (Norman Reedus) will get his own series, whereas Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) will star in Isle of the Dead, a six-episode spin-off series that follows the unlikely pair as they journey into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
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