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Where ‘The Walking Dead’ Stands Six Years After Rick Grimes’ Departure

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(Spoilers from AMC’s The Walking Dead will be found below.)

In “Who Are You Now?” The Walking Dead picks up where last week’s episode left off, around six years after what everyone on the show believes was Rick’s death. When the episode opens, Michonne is having a one-sided conversation with Rick at what they believe is his gravesite. “I haven’t given up, and I never will.”

While she speaks, what are essentially the co-leads of the show along with Michonne now — Carol and Daryl — take notice of the small things that continue to make life worth living; a flower in the garden, a nest of birds, or discovering an action figure that looks a lot like Rick Grimes. Both Alexandria and The Kingdom are thriving. We don’t see The Hilltop this week, but we are left with the impression that it’s doing well, although things haven’t been the same since Maggie left (Maggie’s absence remains unexplained).

Some things have changed in the intervening years, however, so let’s take a quick look at where things stand.

Alexandria

Michonne, who is now the Head of Security in Alexandria, has also been able to institute a Constitution. It’s very much a community with no open borders — outsiders are not welcome. However, after Judith brings Magna, Luke, Yumiko, Connie and Kelly into Alexandria, the counsel briefly entertains allowing the refugees to become “citizens.” Michonne remains wary of outsiders, however, and Magna’s attempt to sneak in knives as well as her prison tattoo ultimately dooms their chances, though the new group hits it off well everyone else in Alexandria (particularly Judith). After Magna has a one-on-one conversation with Michonne, however, she has a slight change of heart: She won’t accept them into Alexandria, but Michonne agrees to send them to The Hilltop, where their leader will decide whether or not to keep them.

We are not, however, told who the new leader of The Hilltop is, though we know that Maggie is no longer around.

The big news in Alexandria, however, is that Michonne has a child, which we assume is Rick’s son (he looks about 5, which tracks with the six-year time jump). I believe Michonne called him R.J., but it’s possible she referred to him as R.G., as in Rick Grimes.

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