What’s Next for The Walking Dead?

With Rick and Michonne’s story wrapped (for now), what’s next for The Walking Dead’s Negan, Maggie, Daryl, Carol, and more?

Danai Gurira as Michonne, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: AMC
Photo: AMC

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live finale.

In some ways, The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live marks the end of an era for AMC‘s long-running zombie franchise.

As fans saw in the Rick and Michonne spinoff’s sixth and final episode, the story of The Walking Dead‘s central lawman appears to have come to a satisfying conclusion (for the time being at least). Following many years in the figurative and literal wilderness, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) return home to Alexandria in “The Last Time” where Rick reunites with his daughter Judith (Cailey Fleming) and meets his son R.J. (Antony Azor). It’s the rarest of occasions for The Walking Dead: an honest-to-goodness happy ending.

Of course, The Walking Dead isn’t a big fan of endings, happy or otherwise. Though the flagship series concluded with its 11th season, AMC has made clear that it wants the franchise itself to last for far longer – forever if they can swing it. The ending of The Ones Who Live isn’t the ending of The Walking Dead, just as the endings of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and The Walking Dead: World Beyond weren’t either.


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