‘Walking Dead': How ‘Say Yes’ Sets Up Rick and Michonne’s Future

[This story contains spoilers by a “Say Yes” part of AMC’s The Walking Dead, as good as by a latest emanate of a comic books on that they are based.]

Moments before they slice into a bag of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese (and chili), undoubted married integrate Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) troubadour about what happens subsequent after a finish of a world. Sure, defeating Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and a Saviors stands out as a many critical and evident goal. But what happens next, Michonne wonders?

“Negan systematic a universe his way,” she says. “It’s adult to us to shuffle it once he’s gone.”

Rick chews on a thought (and on an MRE) for a notation before adding his dual cents: “All a opposite communities, we can figure it out together — how to keep going together.”

“But somebody will need to make that happen,” she replies. “Somebody will be in assign of that. It should be you.”

Rick Grimes, who famously walked divided from a care position behind during a jail days (look where that got everyone!) competence be demure to determine with Michonne in a moment. But if a array follows a trail laid out by a comics — and as always, it’s value reminding everybody how mostly a dual versions of Walking Dead diverge from one another — then one of these days, Rick is going to come around to Michonne’s line of thinking.

In Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s comics, prolonged after Rick and association better Negan and a Saviors, a story skips a integrate of years into a destiny and shows us a new universe order. Alexandria, a Hilltop, a Kingdom and other communities — even a Saviors — now work with one another in harmony, vital formed on a trade system, even entertainment together for a occasional fair. (Sadly, no there are no ferris wheels in a Walking Dead future’s fairs, so suffer a one we saw Sunday.) It’s a pacific existence, with a communities operative together to turn adult herds of walkers and lead them distant away, gripping roads between compounds as protected and secure as humanly possible. 

Of course, a assent does not final forever, interjection to a attainment of a new hazard famous as a Whisperers, monster humans who wear skin suits in sequence to live among a walkers. (Some fans trust that Jadis and a Garbage People are an early chronicle of a Whisperers, nonetheless that has nonetheless to bear out on a show.) The Alexandrians and their allies win a war, yet first, a Whisperers unleash a zombie apocalypse’s chronicle of an atomic bomb: a large flock of walkers, thousands and thousands of them, bigger than anything anyone’s ever dealt with.

Final warning: large spoiler from Walking Dead #165 ahead.

At a moment, a Walking Dead comics are knee-deep in a fallout of a flock attack toward Alexandria. Perhaps neck-deep would be some-more appropriate, given that this past week’s emanate finished with Andrea, still alive in a comics and abounding as Rick’s partner and second-in-command, nutritious an apparent zombie punch or blemish to a neck — an irrevocable genocide sentence, presumption a wound does indeed come from a walker.

(As an aside and as a bit of trivia, Andrea’s initial adore seductiveness of a array Dale died in Walking Dead #66 — almost accurately 100 issues before Andrea postulated her neck wound in Walking Dead #165. In other words, it’s really value removing shaken about what’s brazen for Andrea in Walking Dead #166.)

Given that she’s Rick’s partner on a show, should fans start worrying that Michonne will accommodate a same predestine as a comic book Andrea? It’s not an unfit outcome, even nonetheless some-more mostly than not, the comic book and TV uncover deaths are really opposite from one another. But it’s a complicated growth in a comics on a same week that Rick and Michonne survived a near-death conditions on a show. 

After a harrowing confront during a carnival, Rick tells Michonne that if a misfortune happens, if one of them dies, afterwards a other one will keep going — has to keep going. While this week’s Walking Dead comic really gets a swindling speculation wheels branch toward Michonne’s contingent fate, during a really least, a dual will expected have some years of Alexandrian assent to demeanour brazen to first.

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