Fans of The Walking Dead have longed for the day when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) would return to the franchise. His departure in season 9 was a major disappointment to many viewers who believe the show suffered greatly with the loss of this character. Several years ago, a trilogy of movies was announced that would see Rick return to the franchise. This was exciting news for fans, but what happened to the plans to create these movies?
The idea of a series of movies highlighting Rick Grimes and the larger world he has encountered since being whisked away in a CRM (Civic Republic Military) helicopter with Jadis/Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) many years ago was exciting. Fans were eager to learn what became of Rick and what kept him from reuniting with his love Michonne (Danai Gurira), and his children.
In 2022 at Comic-Con, a new announcement was made regarding the continuation of Rick’s story. He and Michonne would be featured in their own spinoff series. This was the highlight of news from Comic-Con, as it was a complete surprise to TWD fans.
What does this mean for the movies?
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For many reasons, including changes in executives at AMC, the network decided to scrap the movies and replace them with a series focusing on the apocalyptic powerhouse couple. This series will consist of six episodes and tell the “epic love story” of Rick and Michonne that will release on AMC and AMC+ in 2024.
Lincoln and Gurira appeared in a coda scene at the end of The Walking Dead series finale episode and these scenes gave some insight to what has transpired with the characters since they were last seen in the main series.
At SDCC 2023 it was announced that the official title of the series is The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live. This event also gave viewers the first look at the series in a short teaser trailer.