Danai Gurira Departs The Strolling Useless — and Sends Michonne on a Complete New Mission

WARNING: This text comprises spoilers from Sunday’s episode of The Strolling Useless.

The Rick Grimes-focused trio of The Strolling Useless films could have simply gotten a bit extra star-studded.

Danai Gurira swung her katana as Michonne one final time — for now, anyway — on The Strolling Useless in Sunday night time’s “What We Develop into.” However her departure after seven seasons could ship her on an journey that can be featured in these upcoming flicks.

The episode started with a flashback to Michonne’s introduction on the present, when she wore a hood and walked with a pair of armless, mouthless walkers on a series behind her as safety, and watched as Andrea (Laurie Holden) stumbled whereas working for her life.

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Subsequent we see Michonne and Virgil (Kevil Carroll) arriving on his house island from Oceanside, the place Virgil was promising a cache of provides and weapons. Instantly, one thing appears off, and Michonne begins to poke round what seems to be a Navy analysis heart in the midst of the night time. Seems, she was proper, and Virgil traps her and medicines her. Throughout a lucid second, she begins to speak with three others — former colleagues of Virgil’s to explain him snapping after the dying of his spouse and youngsters — who’re additionally trapped in an adjoining room.

Throughout one particularly terrifying journey, Siddiq (Avi Nash), who died earlier this season, visits Michonne and blames her for his dying, in addition to Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl’s (Chandler Riggs). Throughout one other, longer imaginative and prescient, Michonne imagines an alternate actuality the place she let Andrea die in that area, was ignored when Daryl (Norman Reedus) drove by her, and was picked up by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. Making issues ever extra chilling, Savior Michonne witnessed Rick and Glenn (Steven Yeun) throughout the Savior outpost bloodbath and ascended the ranks to change into Negan’s right-hand girl. On this actuality, it was as much as her to resolve who lived or died throughout the notorious “eeny meeny” second — and as an alternative of selecting Glenn and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), she seemingly chooses a model of herself. Finally, Savior Michonne is killed when Daryl shoots her with an arrow within the chest, adopted by a bullet within the head by the hands of Rick and his iconic pistol.

“It was very chilling for me,” Gurira stated on Speaking Useless of filming the Savior Michonne scenes. “The concept she finally ends up with Negan felt believable in a scary means… It was so freaky.”

She sobers up simply in time for Virgil to go to her — and she or he assaults. When she manages to exit the constructing (after saving the three different captives), the boat which may’ve meant a swift escape is in flames. Michonne then urges the opposite three to spare Virgil. “Your mercy offers you one thing. You get one thing,” she says. “What?” certainly one of them asks. “Peace,” she guarantees.

That winds up providing Michonne far more than peace although. As she’s gathering her stuff, she stumbles upon a really acquainted pair of cowboy boots. Oh my god, they’re Rick’s!

When she calls for that Virgil clarify, he takes her to a different boat that’s washed up onshore. There, she finds an previous cell phone and etched into its face is drawings of Michonne and (a surprisingly current-aged) Judith and a Japanese phrase. One other clear signal of life for Rick, who has been lacking ever since he led a horde of walkers onto a bridge that later exploded with him nonetheless on it in season 9 (he was picked up by a helicopter, however Michonne doesn’t know that, and a six-year time soar adopted).

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She, Virgil and the 4 islanders get the boat fastened, however Virgil stays on the island as Michonne and the trio set sail. Whereas aboard, Michonne checks in together with her children, Judith (Cailey Fleming) and Rick Jr. (Antony Azor). Judith paints a not-quite correct image for her mother about how issues are happening the mainland with the Whisperers, however assures her they’re high-quality. When Michonne tells Judith about indicators that “The Courageous Man” could also be alive, Judith insists that mother go in search of him.

“In the event you assume he’s alive then it’s a must to go discover him,” Judith says. “It’s a must to. We’re okay. What if he wants you extra? What if he’s attempting to come back house to you however nobody will assist?”

“Okay. Okay, child lady,” Michonne concedes. “I’m going to attempt. I’m going to go north.”

“It was actually solely Judith who may give Michonne that permission,” Gurira defined on Speaking Useless.

Within the ultimate moments of the episode, Michonne finds herself a pair of walkers, slices off their arms and mouths and begins to make use of them as safety, very like we noticed her in her first moments again in season 3. Quickly, she meets a pair who’ve been injured and are falling behind their pack of individuals, which is very large and seems to be migrating. She agrees to assist them, and off they go.

So, will we see Michonne’s mission to search out Rick within the films? We will see. However it certain appears seemingly, doesn’t it?

“Each Rick Grimes and Andy Lincoln wouldn’t quit these boots very simply,” Strolling Useless franchise chief Scott M. Gimple teased on Speaking Useless. “The etching: there’s the Japanese phrase there, there’s Michonne, there’s what appears to be like to be a extra present Judith than maybe Rick… All I can say is clearly these are clues that one thing’s happening there and that there’s an entire story unfolding someplace and Michonne is likely to be shifting in direction of it.”

As for that Japanese phrase, showrunner Angela Kang instructed Leisure Weekly it stated one thing like “Consider just a little longer.” “It was a message to Rick from someone, by some means on this boat,” Kang continued. “By steering Virgil, it’s kind of the universe rewarded her with discovering these clues that Rick is certainly alive someplace, or he was not too way back.”

Afterward Speaking Useless, Gimple confirmed Michonne’s “story isn’t achieved… There’s extra to do with Michonne.”

Gurira introduced she could be leaving The Strolling Useless throughout San Diego Comedian-Con in July 2019. “I might identical to to say this has been one of many purest joys in my life,” the Black Panther star stated, referring to her choice to depart the present as “very tough.”

“I’m very very grateful for the expertise I’ve had in ways in which I can’t even specific proper now,” she continued. “My coronary heart doesn’t go away … it doesn’t ever finish, the connection between us by no means ends. It was a really tough choice. It was about my calling and different issues I really feel referred to as to… as a creator of labor. All I’m crammed with is a variety of ache about leaving and a variety of gratitude and to all of you. I really like you guys. TWD household is perpetually.”

The primary Strolling Useless spinoff film is anticipated to reach in film theaters however has not begun filming. Within the meantime, Gurira is difficult at work writing and producing the HBO Max sequence adaptation of Americanah.

The Strolling Useless airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.