I feel as if I haven’t written any Richonne meta in ages, so just sharing a few musings now.
I was thinking about them recently in regard to shipping and other pairings I’ve shipped. Richonne is my ultimate OTP for a number of reasons (that I’m sure many of you know), but what had me smiling and flailing the other night was thinking about how amazing the Richonne shipping journey has been. Shipmates who have been here from S3 know what I’m talking about. How we took the fence scene, ‘common interests’, and ‘something else’ and ran with it. How our ship went from being an underdog OTP to one of the most popular in fandom.
spoken about it a few times how I never expected to be shipping Rick and
Michonne when she was introduced on the show. I was just so stoked to see her
finally, and then they met at the fence and I turned into utter absolute trash
Admittedly, I guess I can understand why some people were surprised by them going canon; after all, they weren’t together in the source material and it wasn’t as if they were Flirting™ constantly or any of those overused plot devices that writers use to set up romances. We owe a lot to the way that AL played Rick and how the attraction on his part was obvious in his body language. No one, besides Scotty G, knew for certain that they’d get together, and for me, that was one of the best things about shipping pre-canon Richonne: There were no guarantees they’d get together, even though we knew they were well-suited.
The journey to canon was great (with the exception of fandom nonsense and crazy Rick). It was lovely to see them growing closer.
I love how their relationship formed over time:
-They started off as strangers with trust issues
-Were found to have common interests, thus becoming allies
-“I think she might be one of us”
-Eventually grew to respect one another
-Michonne became Rick’s best friend and confidant
-Co-parents to Carl and Judy
-And finally *breathes deeply* lovers, or as Andrew Lincoln puts it, Warrior Lovers
I bring all of this up again because I do actually ship a
lot of other pairings on other shows that I watch. For the most part, it’s been
somewhat frustrating shipping others. Even though some of the pairings are
canon in the source material, or their attraction was evident because of romantic
plot devices, or you just knew they
were going to get together because of their interactions. Still, with all of
this overt setting-up of their romances, they still don’t come close to
AL and DG play their characters and know their motivations so well
that we saw the chemistry between the characters before Scotty G even let
anyone know he wanted Rick and Michonne together. We could see that they were
good for one another; we could see how they were different with one another.
How Michonne respected Rick as a leader and a man even when they were at odds.
How Rick’s whole demeanour changed when he was around Michonne and how he
followed her advice and respected her decisions.
I love how when they finally got together that it was in such a relaxed moment of domesticity. There was no angst or anything like that. It was these two survivors who were given a moment to catch their breaths, only to have the other take it away again in the best, most delicious kind of way *sighs*
Shipping Richonne these past few years has been wonderful, and even though the content at SDCC this year was less than exciting, going into S8 I am keen to see what the future holds for our OTP.