The Walking Dead’s Michonne Could Return Sooner Than We Imagine

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Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on The Walking Dead, ended her run in that series in Season 10 after seven years on the show.

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Gurira has had success elsewhere—starring in Black Panther and two Avengers films and writing a Tony Award nominated Broadway play, Eclipsed—so from a career standpoint, moving on from a show that has perhaps outworn its welcome makes sense.

Of course, she kept one foot in the door when she announced her departure. She wasn’t leaving entirely and would almost certainly show up in the Rick Grimes movies. Now that there’s a Walking Dead Universe, which includes the main show plus Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, as well as the upcoming films, leaving one show (without dying) simply opens the door to joining another.

Morgan and Dwight both joined Fear The Walking Dead, for instance, more’s the pity. Dwight’s long-lost wife, Sherry, also appears to be joining that show.

Now a new report suggests that Michonne is getting her own limited-run spinoff series. This wouldn’t be a first for AMC. World Beyond is also a limited-run series, ending after 20 episodes.

The report of a Michonne spinoff comes from We Got That Covered. The site’s anonymous sources tell them that Michonne’s final episode is actually just a setup for this new limited-run series that would serve as a bridge between her exit from The Walking Dead and the Rick Grimes films.

Now a new report suggests that Michonne is getting her own limited-run spinoff series. This wouldn’t be a first for AMC. World Beyond is also a limited-run series, ending after 20 episodes.

The report of a Michonne spinoff comes from We Got That Covered. The site’s anonymous sources tell them that Michonne’s final episode is actually just a setup for this new limited-run series that would serve as a bridge between her exit from The Walking Dead and the Rick Grimes films.

I’m not sure how to feel about this, if any of it turns out to be true. For one thing, Michonne’s final episode was a slap in the face to both Gurira’s character and audiences. You can read my review of the episode here, but the TL;DR version is that it made no sense.

Michonne left without saying goodbye to any of her compatriots without more than the tiniest shred of evidence that Rick was even still alive. And even if she convinced herself that he was, she had no clue where he’d be. Heading home to at least rally a search party would have been far more sensible. And abandoning her two young children during the middle of a savage war with the Whisperers is simply not something Michonne would ever actually do.

So Michonne’s exit has left a bad taste in my mouth and any spinoff series will be built on this very wobbly foundation. I love the idea of a quest to find Rick, but it should have taken place on the main show. Indeed, I find the entire notion of these Rick Grimes movies rather silly. Why not simply have this all take place in the main show, with our heroes embarking on an epic quest to find him? Surely that would give the show—and its endlessly slumping ratings—a boost.

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Source: forbes.com