Anyone wondering where Rick Grimes went after disappearing without a trace in The Walking Dead, with some of the survivors assuming him dead, will finally have answers. The sequel, which is titled The Ones Who Live and where Andrew Lincoln will resume the character accompanied by Danai Gurira as Michonne, can be seen starting February 25 on AMC in the United States, which means that on those same dates it can be seen watch on AMC in Spain.
The series is sold as “an epic love story of two characters transformed by a changing world, separated by distance; by an unstoppable force; and for the ghosts that were.” From the war against the dead, both Rick and Michonne understood that they found themselves in a war against the living. And, in six episodes, you will have to answer the following questions about the couple: “Will they be able to find each other and also themselves in an unprecedented place and situation? They are enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors?”
For Danai Gurira, furthermore, it is not just any project. After having explored her side as a playwright and screenwriter in parallel to The Walking Dead, here she convinced Scott M. Gimple, former showrunner of the series and current creative director of the fictional universe for AMC, to write the sequel with he. At the cast level, additions such as Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer) and Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis, who was leader of the scavengers.
With The walking dead: The ones who live, the public will be able to meet Rick again after his last appearance in 2018 during the broadcast of the ninth season of The walking dead. The character left by helicopter because Andrew Lincoln was tired of living so far away from his loved ones: he is English, the filming was in Georgia (USA) and the 16 episodes per season meant spending too much time apart. The $650,000 he charged for each episode in the final seasons was not enough of a reason to stay.
Of course, before leaving, Lincoln and AMC Studios reached an agreement: he would continue to be linked to Robert Kirkman's zombie universe through films. He was to star in a movie saga for movie theaters in his new adventures away from Carl, then still alive, and Michonne. “These films will be great evolutions of what we have been doing in the series, with the scope and scale of the theatrical films,” explained Gimple, who was to sign the script for the first.
The films, however, were ultimately not produced. The pandemic got in the way, audiences for The Walking Dead continued to decline and in the end AMC preferred to focus on expanding the television universe to sustain AMC's streaming service.
Instead of producing these feature films, they put a new spin-off on the launch pad after the end of The Walking Dead. He joins Dead City, the series with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan, and Daryl Dixon, with Norman Reedus' character relocated to France.