If you haven't had a chance to watch the new episode of The Walking Dead that aired last night, then turn away now. There will be a massive Spoiler discussed. In The Next World, something very big and shocking happened. And no, it had nothing to do with a major character's death or the introduction of a long-awaited fan-favorite from the comic books. It all came down to one very intimate moment between Andrew Lincoln's Rick and Danai Gurira's Michonne. And it's a moment that many fans have been waiting a long time for.
Yes, last night, Rick and Michonne finally made out. They then took it to the next level, and had sex! But are they a couple? And why did this pairing need to happen? In a recent interview with EW, show runner Scott M. Gimple revealed all about the budding romantic relationship between the duo that has since become known as Richonne. In the original comic books, Rick and Andrea start a relationship around this time, but actress Laurie Holden was dispatched way back in The Walking Dead Season 3. So, her story line has been split up and parsed out to various other characters. Scott M. Gimple explains.
"The Andrea story from the comics has been broken up and given to several different characters. This is one of those instances. It was all about finding an everyday context. It was all about having these two characters come to realize that their intimacy and bond extended beyond friendship. Alexandria, in the state it's currently in, gave them the moment to come to that realization. And that's a super clinical, mathematical analysis of romance. So I'll say this: These are two people who have found kindred spirits in each other, strength, respect, support, loyalty. But the world has been screaming in their faces and clawing at them for a good part of their acquaintance. For all they've been through, when the world stopped screaming and clawing for them, they realized what they had."
So far in the show, Rick's love interests have not fared too well. When asked if this romance is setting up the eventual end of Michonne, Scott M. Gimple refused to comment. He also had little to say about Jesus' bad timing in terms of interrupting Rick and Michonne's after-sex snooze. The show runner did hint at what this relationship does have in store for these two, and how it may impact future episodes. He explains.
"These are two people who have suddenly realized - pretty much at exactly the same time, on that couch - what they already had together and who they already were to each other. This isn't a one-night stand. And what they have was already there, before they even kissed."
It's unclear how this relationship will play out leading up to The Walking Dead Season 6. But one thing is for certain, the climactic scene at the end was almost much different. But actors Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira decided that their characters should be naked when confronting new character Jesus, who's intentions aren't entirely clear just yet. When it came time for the actors to shoot this key scene, Andrew Lincoln asked his leading lady how they would ever top their big kiss. The answer was with nudity.
The original script for The Next World had Michonne covering her self with a sheet when Jesus comes in the room. But the two actors decided that neither of their characters would have time for that. They would both be on their feet with weapons in hand. About why she agreed to go full nude, Danai Gurira said the only truthful way for the scene to play out is if she grabbed her sword first thing. And Andrew Lincoln believed Rick would have his gun in hand before considering any modesty in the situation. The actor explains.
"Danai said, 'She'd go for her sword.' And I said, 'Yeah. And Rick would go for his gun. And we'd both be naked'. So we campaigned for the butt-crack shot [at the end].That wasn't in the script. We both said, 'If we're going to do it, let's do it.'"
So, what did you think of last night's big The Walking Dead spoiler? Do you think it was important in terms of moving the drama forward? Will it spoil things in the future? Did the Walkers jump the shark? Let us know what you think about Richonne in the comments below.