Tonight is the night. After a few long months of hiatus, The Walking Dead will finally return for its midseason premiere. Season 7 of the apocalyptic drama has probably been its most divisive thus far, starting with the horrifying visuals of Glenn and Abraham having their heads smashed in by Negan. But it looks like the back half of the season will be much more exciting and joyful, so we can finally start talking about how the characters will move forward. Case in point: Rick and Michonne.
Everyone's favorite Walking Dead couple (sorry Maggie and Glenn) hit a rocky patch this season, as Michonne was unable to submit to Negan and The Saviors- hoping instead to find a way to rise up. But now that they're on the same page, how will this relationship grow? Will they pull a Maggie and start repopulating the world? Here's what Andrew Lincoln said (via Comic Book),
Oh, yeah. Without a doubt. I think the whole point is to start again and to restart and it's about the future, and it's obviously the next generation and, as far as we can tell, we're outnumbered undead to human a lot. It is about repopulating the world. I think that they make a terrific couple and I don't think he would hesitate. Also, maybe in a couple of episodes time, there may be a jump ahead in the curve and maybe setting themselves to that job at hand.
It looks like a Richonne baby is completely plausible, which is sure to be both exciting and horrifying to The Walking Dead's hardcore fandom. Let's explore why.
Obviously Rick and Michonne having a little squealing sword fighter would be awesome. There are so few moments of happiness in the series, so seeing Michonne create life would be satisfying for the audience. When she was introduced back in Season 3 Michonne was practically mute, with Andrea being the first and only person in a long time who she connected to. So having her get to the point where she and a partner are bringing new life into the world would be ultimate completion of that storyline.
Then again, babies aren't really great TV in The Walking Dead. Judith's presence calls for the constant need for expositional lines that explain who is taking care of the kid. And with Maggie pregnant with Glenn's child, it looks like Alexandria will have another child in their midst soon enough. Adding a third might just be too much. Plus, pregnancy would put Michonne out of the group's battles, which would majorly suck. Alexandria needs her sword fighting, and the audience needs her utter badassery.
The Walking Dead returns for its midseason premiere tonight on AMC.