Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira Announce New Walking Dead Spinoff During Surprise Comic-Con Appearance
Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira will be back for a spin-off from The Walking Dead.
The pair will reprise their roles as Rick and Michonne Grimes for the AMC+ series in 2023, which will replace the Rick Grimes films that were announced when Lincoln left the show in 2018.
Announcing the news during a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Friday, Andrew, 48, said: “It’s a bit overwhelming. Because you are the toughest hardcore fan out there, we have something we want to tell you first.’
Surprise! Andrew Lincoln, 48, and Danai Gurira, 44, made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Friday, announcing they will be returning for a The Walking Dead spin-off
Danai, 44, added: “We are Mr Rick Grimes himself and Mr Scott Gimple in an amazing bolo tie today we got together and prepared something for you all because you have us missed and we owe you the conclusion of this Rick and Michonne story.’
Andrew said, “So next year there will be six episodes on AMC+ airing in 2023, so next year there will be a lot more to talk about.”
“Personally, I can’t wait to get my cowboy boots back on and get the band back together.”
More Zombies: The pair will reprise their roles as Rick and Michonne Grimes for the AMC+ series in 2023, which will replace the Rick Grimes films announced when Lincoln left the show in 2018
According to Entertainment Weekly, the six episodes will be “the first season of an ongoing series featuring the duo.”
The Walking Dead Universe’s chief content officer, Scott M. Gimple, will serve as showrunner for the series, with Lincoln and Gurira serving as executive producers.
Dan McDermott, president of AMC Entertainment and Studios for AMC Networks, said in a statement, “This is a moment The Walking Dead fans have been waiting for since Rick disappeared in the helicopter at the start of Season 9 and that Michonne went on a quest to find him the following season.
“What a great surprise for fans at this last Comic-Con for the series that launched this universe and marked the history of television.”
Exciting news: According to Entertainment Weekly, the six episodes will be “the first season of an ongoing series featuring the duo”; Lincoln pictured in an image from The Walking Dead
‘We couldn’t be more excited for a truly epic series finale later this year and to see Andy and Danai return in a new series they helped create, one of three new series coming in 2023 that continue the stories of so many icons and fan-favorite ‘TWD’ characters.’
Andrew said: “It’s been the most amazing journey playing Rick Grimes for the best part of a decade. The friendships I’ve made along the way are deep and lasting, so it’s only fitting that I can finally finish the story with Danai and Scott and the rest of the TWD family.
“I’m so excited to return to the screen as Rick, reunite with Danai as Michonne, and bring fans an epic love story to add to the Walking Dead universe.”
Danai added: ‘Michonne and this TWD family have meant a lot to me, and continuing the journey of these beloved characters, alongside Scott and Andy, both creatively and on camera, and bringing fans of The Walking Dead something really special is just glorious. I can’t wait to pick up the katana again.
MIA: Fans can’t wait to see more of the pair, after Rick disappeared in a helicopter at the start of season 9, and Michonne went on a quest to find him the following season