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The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Recap: Scenes From a Marriage

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Recap: Scenes From a Marriage

What couple hasn’t been there, right? In Sunday’s The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, Rick and Michonne, having just plummeted from a helicopter in the middle of a raging storm, hashed out their differences in a post-apocalyptic apartment that was so fancy and high-tech, it had a Roomba. Did the reunited lovers manage to see eye-to-eye on their future? Read on…

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‘I DON’T LIKE WHO YOU ARE WITH THEM’ | As the Danai Gurira-penned “What We” began, Michonne explained that she’d pulled Rick out of the chopper thusly: “We needed a time-out.” She was duly pissed that he had bailed on their escape plan. And “that note in the getaway boat? Poetry.” Since he was such an author now, she suggested that he write another message, this one for the children to whom he was determined not to return. Yep, she finally admitted to Rick that they had given Judith a baby brother, R.J. Unfortunately, that revelation did nothing to change Rick’s mind; he simply explained the threat that Jadis posed and why they couldn’t eliminate her and that threat with one fell swoop.

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“Do you still love me?” Michonne understandably felt as if she had to ask. “Always,” Rick insisted. “I’ve never stopped loving you.” Still, he wouldn’t hatch a plot to return to Alexandria with her. Even when they saw that the CRM chopper from which they’d leapt had crashed into the next tower over — meaning that they would be considered dead by Jadis & Co. — he wouldn’t budge; he was hell-bent on staying where he was so that Michonne could go back to the kids and he could ensure that Jadis didn’t target Alexandria. At that, Michonne had had it. “Your wish is granted,” she said. “I’m out.”

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‘I DON’T EVEN HAVE A WEAPON, COMMANDO’ | For a fraught moment, it looked like Rick might really let Michonne walk out of his life. But at last, he ran after her — and just in time, too: Another CRM chopper opened fire on the first one. (Gotta destroy all evidence of their existence, don’t ya know.) From there, the couple ran from destruction and walkers and made like the Bickersons over how much Rick had changed. After Michonne was sorta Phantom of the Opera’d by a chandelier, Rick refused to leave her side. So once they were back in that spotless apartment, they made love, a moment of connection so great that it left Rick in tears.

In the afterglow, Michonne refused to leave the collapsing building until she and Rick had figured out what came next. What had happened to Rick that made him so hell-bent on staying to change the CRM rather than returning to his family and friends? At last, he confessed that he’d lost the dreams of Carl that had kept him sane. Then he’d lost his new dreams of her. “I know how to be dead and live now,” he said. But if he lost her again, it would be too much. Not to worry. Michonne advised that they do what Carl would tell them to — to love as long as they can.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: AMC

On the same page once more, Rick and Michonne ran out of the building, and whad’ya know? The first car they tried was a hybrid with a stash of ethanol that was impressive enough to get them all the way back to Alexandria. “We can make this whole damn world ours if we want to,” said Rick, quoting his better half. Jadis and the CRM will never know what hit ’em!

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