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This article is about The Ones Who Live. For other pages with the same name, see: The Walking Dead Television Universe

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television miniseries created by Scott Gimple, Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln for AMC. It is set after the conclusion of the original The Walking Dead series, with Lincoln, Gurira and Pollyanna McIntosh reprising their roles, and is the sixth spin-off and overall seventh television series in The Walking Dead television universe.

The Ones Who Live premiered on February 25, 2024, on AMC and AMC+. It has received generally positive reviews.

Premise[]

A love story of two people kept apart by an unstoppable power, trying to find each other.[1]

Series Overview[]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 February 25, 2024 March 31, 2024

Episodes[]

As of March 31, 2024, 6 episodes of The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live have aired.

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "Years" Story:
Scott Gimple
Danai Gurira
Andrew Lincoln
Teleplay:
Scott Gimple
Bert
Bertie
February 25, 2024 0.90 million
2. "Gone" Nana Nkweti
Channing Powell
Bert
Bertie
March 3, 2024 0.88 million
3. "Bye" Gabriel Llanas
Matt Negrete
Michael Slovis March 10, 2024 0.91 million
4. "What We" Danai Gurira Michael Slovis March 17, 2024 0.88 million
5. "Become" Gabriel Llanas
Matt Negrete
Michael Satrazemis March 24, 2024 0.82 million
6. "The Last Time" Scott Gimple
Channing Powell
Michael Satrazemis March 31, 2024 0.85 million

Title Screen[]

Main article: Title Screens (The Ones Who Live)

Cast and Characters[]

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live
Actor Character Appeared Seasons Status Background
Andrew Lincoln Rick Grimes 1 Alive A former sheriff's deputy from King County, Georgia, the former leader of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, and Michonne's husband who was presumed to be dead. He later becomes a Sergeant Major in the CRM.
Danai Gurira Michonne Grimes 1 Alive A katana-wielding warrior, former leader of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, and Rick's wife who left her group to search for him.
Pollyanna McIntosh Jadis Stokes 1 Dead The warrant officer of the CRM (Civic Republic Military) who disappeared along with Rick Grimes on a CRM helicopter.

Production[]

In 2018, following his departure from the main Walking Dead series, it was announced that Andrew Lincoln would star in a trilogy of films focusing on Rick Grimes for AMC. Scott M. Gimple was set to write the screenplays, with production expected to begin in 2019.[2]

In 2019, a teaser trailer was unveiled, confirming the trilogy would be theatrical releases distributed by Universal Pictures. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was said to be "heavily" involved with the trilogy.[3]

In July 2022, it was announced by Scott M. Gimple, Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira at San Diego Comic-Con that the trilogy would be repurposed into a mini-series for television, with Lincoln and Gurira reprising their roles from the original television series.[4] The limited series will consist of six episodes.[5] It was initially titled The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne,[6] then retitled to The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live in July 2023.[7]

Filming[]

Principal photography began on February 15, 2023,[8] and wrapped on May 29, 2023,[9][10] in New Jersey[11] under the working title Summit.[12] Additional filming and ADR would resume during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike due to an agreement between AMC and SAG-AFTRA.[13]

Writing[]

The series was created by Gimple, Gurira and Lincoln, with an episode written by Gurira and Gimple serving as showrunner.[10] The series was set up by The Walking Dead series finale "Rest in Peace", which featured the return of Rick and Michonne.[14]

Release[]

The series premiered on February 25, 2024, on AMC and AMC+.[15]

Reception[]

Critical Response[]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 90% of 45 critics gave The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live a positive review. The website's critics consensus is, "A Walking Dead spinoff that balances past and present without skimping on blockbuster scope, The Ones Who Live is a consistent treat for longtime fans."[1] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 61 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Promotional Material[]

Images[]

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • It is the sixth spin-off series of The Walking Dead television series, after Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Tales of the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Dead City, and Daryl Dixon.
    • It is the third direct sequel to the television series, after Dead City and Daryl Dixon.
  • This series replaces the scrapped trilogy of films that were planned to focus on Rick's status after his departure in "What Comes After".
    • It was announced on Talking Dead on November 4, 2018 that Rick Grimes and Anne would return for at least three AMC original films following their leave from the TV Series. These films would air on AMC (rather than theaters) and be a direct continuation of Rick's story. Robert Kirkman was revealed to be heavily involved with the film trilogy.[17] Scott Gimple also later explained that "doesn't necessarily mean it's the only Rick Grimes stories we're ever going to tell."[18]
    • On July 19, 2019, at Comic-Con, a teaser was released, stating that the movies would be released in theaters and be distributed by Universal Studios. However, after the teaser there was no more major information provided on the status of the first film prior to its cancellation.
  • Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the announced six episodes are not a limited series, but instead the first season of a continuing series.[19]
    • However, Andrew Lincoln disclosed on a video meant for a fan that the show will be a six-episode limited miniseries.
    • In addition, Lesley-Ann Brandt addressed the show as being only six episodes when sharing a photo online of herself on set.[20]
    • In regards to the show having more than one season, showrunner Scott Gimple teased that "anything is possible".[21]
  • Scott Gimple revealed on Talking Dead that Rick and Michonne in this series will be reminiscent of "Red Machete Rick" and Michonne when she fought the Governor.[22]
  • Walking Dead: Summit and The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne were placeholder names for the series' production.[23]
  • Fans heavily speculated that Morgan Jones and his daughter Mo would appear in this series, as the two leave PADRE to look for Morgan's old friend, Rick.
    • The Walking Dead's Instagram account used Morgan's final scene on Fear the Walking Dead as promotional material for this series, further hinting at a possible appearance of Morgan and Mo, however neither appeared.[24]
  • The title of this series is a reference to Michonne's words to Rick in "Hearts Still Beating" and the subsequent use of the phrase "we're the ones who live" throughout the rest of the show.
    • It was also previously said by Rick during his speech to the people of Alexandria in "Try".

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Season 1 on rottentomatoes.com
  2. Andrew Lincoln to Star in Multiple ‘Walking Dead’ Movies for AMC on variety.com
  3. Andrew Lincoln’s ‘Walking Dead’ Movies to Be Released Only in Theaters on variety.com
  4. The Walking Dead Spin-Off Starring Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira's Michonne Announced for 2023 on ign.com
  5. Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira crash The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel with Rick and Michonne news on EW.com
  6. New Walking Dead Universe Short Form Series Ordered at AMC on comicbook.com
  7. ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoffs ‘Dead City,’ ‘Daryl Dixon’ Renewed at AMC on hollywoodreporter.com
  8. The Walking Dead shares first look at Andrew Lincoln in Rick and Michonne spin-off on gamesradar.com
  9. 'The Walking Dead's Rick and Michonne Spin-Off Wraps Filming on collider.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://collider.com/walking-dead-rick-michonne-spin-off-danai-gurira-writing/
  11. The Walking Dead: Rick and Michonne Set Photos Show Off Andrew Lincoln’s New Look on denofgeek.com
  12. Production Weekly – Issue 1327 – Thursday, December 8, 2022 / 94 Listings – 20 Pages – Production Weekly on productionweekly.com
  13. ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoffs & ‘Interview With The Vampire’ To Resume Production As AMC Networks Strikes Significant Agreements With SAG-AFTRA on deadline.com
  14. The Walking Dead finale ending with Rick and Michonne explained on EW.com
  15. 'The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live’ Sets Premiere Date at AMC, Drops Teaser on variety.com
  16. The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Season 1 on metacritic.com
  17. ‘'The Walking Dead' Creator Robert Kirkman "Heavily Involved" with Rick Grimes Movie Trilogy on comicbook.com
  18. The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes spin-off movies: Spoilers, cast, air-date and everything you need to know on digitalspy.com
  19. Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira crash The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel with Rick and Michonne news on EW.com
  20. Tweet by Lesley-Ann Brandt: "Not long to go. @WalkingDead_AMC ones who live airs February 25. Limited 6 eps. 🧟‍♀️"
  21. ‘The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live’ Was Originally Set As A Movie, But Could It Return For Season 2? “Anything Is Possible,” Says Zombie Chief on deadline.com
  22. Talking Dead TWDU Preview 2022
  23. The Walking Dead "Summit": Rick Grimes/Michonne Spinoff Filming Update on bleedingcool.com
  24. Instagram post by the official AMC's The Walking Dead account
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