Over The Walking Dead's five-season run, there has never been much romance throughout the series, aside from Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) becoming a couple. All of these characters are fighting for survival every day, and that doesn't leave much time for dating in a traditional sense. But now, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his 'family' have found a home and some sense of community in Alexandria. That could open up the possibility for love amongst the survivors, even though it's clear from The Walking Dead Season 6 trailers that there are some in town who don't exactly trust Rick and his brand of leadership. While we wait for Season 6 to begin on Sunday, October 11 at 9 PM ET, Danai Gurira revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she would like to see every side of her humanity explored, which may or may not include a new romance.
"What I would like for Michonne is that every pocket of her humanity be explored. Her decision to not go back to being who she used to be, and stepping back into the messiness of a community and relationships of any sorts and caring for people even at the risk of losing them - it's the whole thing for her. She just wants to live, and what does that look like? What does living look like? A part of what living looks like is allowing yourself to be known, which is certainly what she was not doing when we first met her. So going to the point where now I'm going to allow people to know me, I'm going to be open to people, I want people to know me a little bit more. What will that look like? I mean, that could be done in romance or not, you know? It's not crucial that it's a romantic connection that happens for her to really explore even intimacy, but I think she yearns for the whole human experience. She does, and I yearn for that for her also, and she's getting so much of it now. So, you know, we'll see. Who knows?"
In The Walking Dead Season 5, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne were somewhat at odds, since she was adamant about making it work in Alexandria, after losing their home at the prison and surviving the harrowing ordeal at Terminus. Rick was skeptical about trusting and believing in the Alexandrians at first, but footage we've seen from this season so far hints that Rick is taking charge in Alexandria. When asked about how unified Alexandria has become, the actress had this to say.
"I think the jury is still out as to where everyone will fall, whether or not they are truly survivors, and whether or not they can make it there. That was the issue between Rick and Michonne last season, that she believed they could and that they should invest in this place, and he was skeptical, and so I think that that jury's still out. I think she's still optimistic but it is the question of can we really mesh with these people and how are we going to be able to function as a really fine-tuned team, which is what we were out there? But they have something we need and we have something they need. So it's still really in flux as to how it's going to land. It's a question of can these two very different groups come together and better each other because we need them, and they need us. There's so much that we got from here. We were struggling. We were eating dog meat for God's sake!"
As for Michonne's impending romance, it would make more sense for it to happen now, than when she was first introduced on the show, since she was so closed off back then. And she was traveling with her former boyfriend and his best pal, both now zombies, whom she cut off the arms and jaws of, and used to mask her scent. Over the years, Michonne has certainly started to open up, but it remains to be seen if this will ever evolve into Michonne becoming romantically involved with another character on the show. Could Michonne and Rick become an item? Who else would you like to see Michonne get involved with on The Walking Dead?