The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln/Danai Gurira limited series reteam

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Nearly four years after AMC announced that Andrew Lincoln’s exit on Season 9 of The Walking Dead wouldn’t be the end of Rick Grimes, we finally got an update on the trilogy of supposedly “universe-expanding” movies of the series and “show a whole different corner of the world”: They don’t happen.

At the end of the San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, Lincoln and leading lady Danai Gurira, who played Michonne, made a surprise appearance to reveal that instead of the features we expected, they would be starring in a limited series of six episodes, scheduled for release in 2023, which would conclude the storylines of their characters. (And, knock on wood, reunite them with their children, Judith and RJ.)

Regular viewers of the long-running drama – which returns to wrap up its 11th and final season on Sunday, October 2 at 9/8c – will recall that in the fifth episode of season 9 (recap here), an explosion on a bridge led Rick’s family and friends to believe he had been killed. But in fact, Pollyanna McIntosh’s Jadis/Anne had found him and had him flee to (relative) safety by the Civil Republic Army which was the focus of the fallout from two seasons The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

When Gurira came out The Walking Dead in season 10, Michonne went in search of lost love Rick, having realized that he might not be as dead as believed. (Refresh your memory with our recap of his shipment.)

Scott M. Gimple, franchise chief content officer, said, “Rick and Michonne are two of my favorite people, and Danai and Andy are two of my favorite people. Working with each of them continues to be a dream come true.

“The three of us, with a great team of [Walking Dead] amazing stars and new voices,” he added, “create an insane love epic that is worth the long, long wait.

What do you think of the change of plans? Ready to see “Richonne” reunited?

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