The showrunner of Walking Dead Angela Kang talks about Michonne’s discoveries in the latest episode and teases that they set up Rick Grime’s movie.
The original Walking Dead show that had premiered on AMC in 2010 was a bit unlikely success story as it grew from a cult hit into the biggest scripted series on TV. Thanks to the show’s unexpected smash hit status, plans soon went into motion to expand from one series into an entire franchise.
Those plans resulted of course in the first spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead and will lead to the second spinoff series The Walking Dead: World Beyond later this year. Eventually, there will also be a movie centered on Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, who had exited the flagship series mysteriously in the ninth season. Setting the stage for the movie was indeed a major part of this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, which sees Michonne discovering evidence that Rick is still alive and beginning a quest to find him, and then later stumbling upon a massive caravan of survivors marching towards the horizon.
Now, speaking to Insider, TWD showrunner Kang discussed Michonne’s discoveries and how they help into the next stage of building out the franchise’s world, which includes the Rick Grimes movie. Kang also said that before the latest episode was written she coordinated with TWD universe overseer Scott Gimple over the endpoint she needed to reach to set up the next part of the story.
As for the larger TWD universe promised by the latest episode, the tease would certainly have been more effective five years ago when the show was still at the height of its popularity. Now, the movie feels a little desperate, as The Walking Dead clings to relevance in the face of sagging ratings.