It won’t be the first time that a Rick/Michonne romance has been teased; 2 years ago, in fact, at the series’ Comic-Con panel, audience members had romance on their minds – specifically, a Michonne/Rick pairing was proposed, to which “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman said, “Anything is possible.” Co-star Norman Reedus piggybacked the idea, explaining that, because of the shared pain both Daryl and Michonne shared, a Michonne and Daryl pairing was also possible. “Everyone’s losing people left and right, but both those characters are sort of loner characters who are learning to deal with a group and be part of a group, and I think it’ll just bring us closer together,” Reedus said.
So, everybody wants to hook up with Michonne!
But what does Michonne herself say about all of this?
In a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter just yesterday – with the title “‘The Walking Dead’: Is Love Next for Rick and Michonne?” – the actress who plays Michonne, the lovely and talented Danai Gurira, had this to say: “I always say to [showrunner Scott] Gimple that she’s the nun and she don’t get none! But it’s cool, it shows that there’s a palpable true friendship there [for Michonne and Rick] that people can pick up on. But there’s a friendship there that I treasure with Michonne’s connection with Rick. He’s the one who really challenges her to step out of who she was and who she was becoming. After that fight with the Governor, she was becoming something quite ugly… She had to go through that because of Rick, so that caused her to have a respect for him, and eventually he gained a trust and respect for her. There’s definitely an intimacy of friendship there.”
So not exactly conviction one way or the other; she cherishes the friendship both characters have, but she’d also like to see the character “get some.”
And what does showrunner Gimple have to say about that? From the same Hollywood Reporter story, here’s his take: “They have a very intimate relationship, that’s the funny thing. People are like, ‘Oh my God, what if they were together?’ They’re really, really intimate. They have done things for each other that’s familial or deep, deep, deep friendship. But the way that they speak to each other — for example in [the season five finale] — represents how far these people have come with each other… The fact that they reached that bedroom in Alexandria when they had that conversation where Rick admitted that he had a gun and was going to give it to her. I think they have an incredibly intimate relationship right now. Where that goes, who knows? I think there’s something to be said about those two characters’ journeys right now.”
Again, more ambiguity; although they certainly aren’t shutting the possibility down. But you really don’t expect them to spill the goods do you? if a “Richonne” (as the kids call it) romance is something you’re just dying to see, you’ll have to tune in and watch the series when it returns in October on AMC.
In other “Walking Dead” news…
After the previous season’s finale, creator Robert Kirkman and co-star Steven Yeun appeared on a panel at the annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, and shared some deets on what fans can expect in the upcoming 6th season. The most noteworthy item came from Kirkman who shared that Rick and Morgan’s reunion (which ended the most recent season) will be “the spine of Season 6.” He didn’t elaborate, as expected (he can’t give it all away obviously), but what he did say was enough to get fans of the series talking and excited for what may be to come.
After last season’s finale, when Morgan (Lennie James) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) are reintroduced, I did wonder whether this signaled a changing of leadership, as Rick seemingly lost his mind, and the more zen-like Morgan might then assume the throne, so to speak, to become the big cheese when season 6 kicks off in the fall. As I said earlier this year, there could be a tug-of-war for control between both characters, as the group maybe considers redefining itself, and each character is forced to choose one side or the other. And it looks like that just may be the case. I can’t see Morgan, especially as we’ve come to know him, as a man on his own path, playing second fiddle to Rick – especially a Rick that’s not quite the same sane character that he once was. Morgan will either lead, or leave, as I see it. But, again, it then becomes a question of whether the series’ producers have the courage to demote Rick, the white male star of the series since its start, to be usurped by a black male character. And while Rick does rule in the graphic novel series, the TV show certainly hasn’t been faithful in its adaptation, meaning that anything should be possible at this point. Maybe even Rick’s death. *GASP*
Kirkman also shared that the series could go on “for many, many years,” as long as there’s an audience for it.
Well there certainly is an audience for it right now – one that lamented the fact that we lost a number of brothas last season: SPOILERS (although, at this point, you really should already know, even if you weren’t keeping up with the series, thanks to social media and the press) – Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. as Bob Stookey (Tyreese stabbed him in the head after he was bitten, to prevent his zombification); Tyreese (played by Chad L. Coleman) lost a lot of blood after two walker bites and died; and Noah (Tyler James Williams) was killed after Nicholas couldn’t stick to Glenn’s plan.
But we still watched, right? In protest, but we continued to watch.
All (somewhat) kidding aside…
To maybe make up for the losses, Corey Hawkins (who plays Dr. Dre in the “Straight Outta Compton” N.W.A. biopic) is the most recent addition to the cast of “The Walking Dead,” playing a character known as Heath, when new episodes of the hit AMC series returns to a TV screen near you this Fall.
In the comics, Heath debuted in issue # 69. For context, issue #142 will be released on June 10th. In brief, Heath is the supply runner guy for the Safe-Zone, which is still on the road to Alexandria, while they’re in the Washington, D.C. area. He’s someone the posse meets along the way, with his best friend and fellow supply runner, Scott, who has been injured. He is also said to be one of the most competent Alexandrians from the comic series, for whatever that’s worth, and apparently, Heath is still alive in the current timeline of the comics (the producers of the TV series haven’t exactly been sticking closely to the story-line in the comics, so anything is possible).
Of course, we know that Lennie James as Morgan, has returned, and will feature much more prominently next season, as he and Rick maybe go head-to-head, as the above image almost literally suggests.
The 6th season of “The Walking Dead” will debut on October 11 at 9pm.
In the new video below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Gurira very briefly previews the upcoming new season for us: