The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live episodes ranked

The season finale of The Ones Who Live aired in AMC and AMC+ on March 31.
Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: AMC
Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: AMC /

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live closed out its season with an excellent finale that did justice to the story of Rick and Michonne's love. Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira deserve all the awards for their performance, producing, and writing in this series.

This article contains spoilers for the ENTIRE season 1 of The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

The six-part series appears to be all that will be seen of Rick and Michonne in The Walking Dead universe. In the Episode Insider segment following the finale, showrunner Scott M. Gimple used the phrase "final reckoning," which indicates the end. If that is the case, this series did right by the fans by giving that final reunion between Rick, Michonne, Judith (Cailey Fleming), and RJ (Antony Azur). Above all, this is what fans wanted to see for this family.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live episodes ranked

There really wasn't a bad episode in this series, but in order to rank them, one had to be the last on the list, and many will be mad at my choice. Overall I would give all the episodes a 7 or higher out of 10.

#6 - Episode 6 – "The Last Time"

The season finale was very good, and the reunion was everything the fandom wanted for Rick, Michonne, Judith, and RJ. But that was the highlight of the episode. The remainder of it was too rushed. Rick and Beale's conversation and fight were pretty good, but Michonne and Thorne should have had a more involved altercation. You can't have two badass warriors and not feature something incredible. And to wrap up the CRM, an organization that has been touted as the biggest and badest, in a convenient little bow, was a little too far-fetched. If this was based solely on the reunion, it would be No. 1.

#5 - Episode 3 – “Bye”

This was actually a very good episode that gave us a back story on Thorne, who was promoted. And featured Rick and Jadis' first conversation after she brought him to the CRM and a conversation in the present regarding Michonne's entrance into the CRM. Rick makes a plan for a way for Michonne to escape and go back to Alexandria, but she refuses. Jadis also informs Rick of the dossier that includes vital information about Alexandria and Rick and Michonne's ties to that community. This episode contained the cliffhanger of Michonne jumping out of the helicopter and pulling Rick with her.

#4 - Episode 1 – “Years”

The first episode chronicles Rick's journey to the present where he is enlisted as a culling facitlity worker. He is on the verge of suicide but thinks better. He is seen chopping off his hand in during an escape attempt that fails five years after the bridge. Throughout this episode Rick experiences beautiful dream sequences with he and Michonne in a chance meeting in an world unblemished by the undead. Rick becomes a CRM soldier where Okafor takes charge of him and Thorne believing they can join his mission to make significant changes within. Rick tries to escape for a final time but is once again usuccessful. Okafor assigns Rick and Thorne to the Cascadia Base for 12 months to ready it for frontliners and Rick is seen tearfully accepting his lot. During a flight to the Cascadia Base, they are shot down and Okafor is killed. On the ground Rick tries to escape from a person slicing the necks of his fellow soldiers only to find out it was Michonne.

#3 - Episode 4 – “What We”

This will be another ranking that most won't agree with. While it was good to see Rick and Michonne together and hash out their differences, it was just hard to swallow such a broken Rick Grimes. He made poor decisions, like not escaping when he realized the helicopter crashed. Michonne was phenomenal in the episode as any woman in her position would have reacted the same. It was good to see them working together again like the badasses we know they are. The end is happy as they make their way back to Alexandria, where "we can make this whole damn world ours if we want to."

#2 - Episode 2 – “Gone”

The second episode was Michonne's story where she meet a diverse group of suvivors of whom she befriended. They are attacked by the CRM's chlorine gas, where sevearl of them perish. It takes Michoinne and Nat a year to recover from the exposure. Nat eventually convices her to return to Alexandria and that is their plan until they shoot down the helicopter and Michonne is reunited with Rick as Nat is killed by another unseen soldier. Rick quickly sets up a plan to bring Michonne to the CRM without giving away who she is. The episode ends with Jadis viewing Michonne's interrogation and waiting in Rick's room to discuss Michonne's presence there.

#1 - Episode 5 – “Become”

This episode was my favorite! Featuring Father Gabriel as the shocking and unexpected cameo was brilliant. This episode gave us a brand new story we had no idea about (this is what Tales of the Walking Dead needs to be). It was fun seeing Rick and Michonne on their little honeymoon that was rudely interrupted by Jadis. The stone walkers were a cool addition, and the bits of humor like "Tasty Noods" were hilarious. Another shock was the death of Jadis. While always the villain looking out for herself, she made a great end by giving up the location of the dossier while still keeping her loyalty to the CRM. AND Rick and Michonne finally get married (even though most of the fandom considered them married for years). It was such a sweet moment when Rick stated, "I was in love with my son's best friend, and I didn't know what to do."


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