Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira are returning to The Walking Dead universe.
AMC made the announcement during the show’s final Comic-Con panel today. It was expected that Lincoln would return as Rick Grimes in a movie release but today’s news confirms he will now reunite with Gurira’s Michonne in a new spin-off series.
The new world NEEDS Rick and Michonne. pic.twitter.com/orvvTo8sHi
— The Walking Dead on AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 22, 2022
Andrew Lincoln spoke about his return as Rick Grimes, saying:
“This has been the most extraordinary journey playing Rick Grimes for the best part of a decade. The friendships I’ve made along the way are deep and lasting, so it’s fitting that I finally get to complete the story with Danai and Scott and the rest of the TWD family. I’m so excited to be returning to the screen as Rick, reuniting with Danai as Michonne, and bringing the fans an epic love story to add to the Walking Dead Universe.”
Danai Gurira added her thoughts on returning as Michonne, saying:
“Michonne and this TWD family has meant so much to me, and to continue the journey of these beloved characters, alongside Scott and Andy, both creatively and in front of the camera, and bringing The Walking Dead fans something truly special is just glorious. I can’t wait to pick up the katana again.”
The yet untitled spin-off will see Scott M. Gimple serve as showrunner. He also spoke about his excitement for the series:
“Rick and Michonne are two of my favorite people and Danai and Andy are two of my favorite people. Working with all of them continues to be a dream come true. The three of us, along with a terrific team of TWD all stars and incredible new voices, are crafting an insane love epic worth the long, long wait.”
The Walking Dead’s final Comic-Con appearance also saw the release of the series’ final trailer.
The Walking Dead returns for its final episodes on October 2nd.