It took a moment, but once the initial shock of seeing Rick and Michonne in bed together during Sunday’s “surprisingly romantic” episode of The Walking Dead wore off, it made a lot of sense. They’re two sexy people living in an unsexy world, and if two sexy people want to have sex, then two sexy people should have sex. Andrew Lincoln said he genuinely had “no idea” he was about to get intimate with Danai Gurira, because he apparently hasn’t been paying attention (too busy writing note cards). The friends-to-lovers transition may have seemed quick, but it’s actually been seasons in the making.
Redditor “fifthchevron” rejects the idea that Rick and Michonne’s relationship “came out of nowhere.” So, he taught “y’all a lesson in Richonne foreshadowing and relationship development,” beginning in season three, when she hands him baby supplies for Judith. Things really pick up in season four, when Rick memorably asks Michonne if she’s going “stay a little while,” and she saves him from the Governor. The examples are numerous — the first person Rick and Carl see after the Governor destroys the prison is Michonne (“It’s for you”); when Michonne says that “I’m okay” because Rick’s okay; the look Michonne gives Rick after he shaves for the first time in forever.
(Check out the whole timeline here.)
A relationship was an inevitable, and it’s here to stay.
Showrunner Scott Gimple: “These are two people who have suddenly realized — pretty much at exactly the same time, on that couch — what they already had together and who they already were to each other. This isn’t a one-night stand. And what they have was already there, before they even kissed.” (Via)
Better start showering Michonne with rainbow cats, Rick. She’s too good for you.