Reveling in Richonne
#46: The Kiss (7x5)
The Kiss of Life!!!! This. kiss. was. every. thing. Before I start, I just need to do my happy dance for the millionth time over this perfection. 🙌🏾
I don’t know what’s wrong with me but every single time I see this scene, I react like it’s my first time ever seeing this scene and I literally have the reaction of this gif above 😂…Like every single time, without fail, because this moment is everything and then some.
Like perfection. Like tens across the board. Like mesmerizing and magical and definitely on my nonexistent “Top Ten Richonne moments” list. It’s like they sprinkled something over this scene that makes it where you have to watch it over and over. You can’t not smile and cheer and celebrate every time you see this. (PS: This lengthy post is going to be half analysis, half pure rejoicing lol. I can’t help it! 😁)
Y'all, this kiss was something special and whoever thought to choreograph it this way should receive a medal. It was this moment. It was this exchange that took my love for Richonne to a whole new level, cuz it was the first time Richonne left me completely and utterly shook. Don’t get me wrong, I adored all their other moments, but this one was entrancing like no other.
Basically the low five put me on the ship and then this moment put me in the dumpster lol.
Like, seriously, round of applause to everyone involved. The light crew gets a medal. The stylist gets a medal. The composer gets a medal. The director and cinematographer and writers get a medal. And you already know Andy and Danai get all the medals. (But seriously imma need some Emmys or Golden Globe noms headed TWD’s way before the show ends)
This scene was beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of people excellently dissect this breathtaking moment, and people’s thoughts and insight and celebration of this moment is so good and brings me so much joy to read! So a lot of my analysis is really just me preaching to the choir, but you know I have to join in and give my play by play lol. 😋
So, Rick goes in for that little hug and peck on the cheek I mentioned earlier. It’s a “casual” husband/wife send off and it’s sweet that he just wants some form of physical connection with her before he goes cuz…this is Rick and Michonne! (an epiphany that hits me over and over again cuz it’s just so amazing and crazy to me that these people we’ve been watching for years are now able to express the love they’ve had inside for so long)
Like think of how many times, pre-canon, R&M have gone out to do separate things and maybe wanted to give a hug goodbye and now they can. Think about the “I’m still with you” moment that preciously parallels this one!
You can’t help but be happy for them that they now get to do all the things they’ve been wanting to do. So, again, if all they had done was hug it would have been super sweet.
But instead, honey, we got blessed and spoiled! Cuz as Rick goes in for the hug, Michonne so gracefully and intimately places her hand on his face.
Just to do something as intimate and personal as touch his face, lets you know that R&M feel very very close and connected to one another. I also notice that Michonne immediately puts her hand on his face the second she realizes Rick is going in for this peck on the cheek thing. By putting her hand on his face so quickly it lets me know that she knew from the second he stepped towards her that she wanted to give him a more proper sendoff than the one he was about to do.
Like this kiss wasn’t an after thought or some uncertain thing for her. She doesn’t just let the casual hug happen and then hesitantly think “Oh wait, maybe I should give him his entire life right now” 😂 No, she was confident and knew from the jump that she wanted to do that.
Now, when this first happened it could seem to some like she was about to reject the hug. In fact, Rick looks like he’s thinking that for a second too. It absolutely pains me when you see the quick look of uncertainty on Rick’s face as Michonne redirects him. Like he was already a little hesitant to go in for the peck on the cheek and for a split second it feels like he’s thinking “Dang, she doesn’t even want me to touch her.”.
Rick really thinks he’s about to take yet another L and get rejected. But I love that Michonne doesn’t give Rick much time to linger on the possible thought of rejection before she’s letting him know exactly where they stand and how she feels about him, without even having to say a single word.
Like this kiss was a loud and clear “I love you” from both of them. 😍
I love the way it’s choreographed for her to take his face and sort of lead the way here. It conveys oh so much. Like one; this is Michonne saying “Nah, we don’t do that platonic peck on the cheek stuff. Our love is too strong for that.” 😂
And two; it’s a reminder of how R&M are equals. And three; it’s a reminder that they are so in sync with one another. Like Michonne can see that if they just do a casual sendoff it could cause more disconnect for them so, like the wise strong 👸🏾 she is, she steps in and she closes the distance between them literally and figuratively.
And four; this is Michonne teaching us yet another way to say, “I’m still with you”. Like so far Michonne’s taught us that you can say “I’m still with you” by:
- Saying the actual words to him
- Being the first one out to aid him in fighting a herd of walkers
- Giving a warning pop to a chick that tries him
- Pleading his case to a psycho while a gun’s aimed at your head.
- Helping him make a bed
- And then you can also give him the literal kiss of life. 🙌🏾
I love that now that they’re a couple, Michonne can more intimately let Rick know she’s still with him. And this kiss is so powerful because it feels like a game changer for them. Because it communicated to both of them what they might have not been verbally communicating to each other since Negan’s arrival and that’s that; there is literally no amount of differing opinions, or distance, or tension, or anything at all that’s going to break us up. We’re still with each other and we want to be with each other forever.
I love this moment too cuz, as breathtaking as it was, it felt so authentic and not sappy in the slightest. It just felt like grown healthy love. And yet it was still so magical cuz, y'all, I’m not a sappy person (or so I thought lol) but I could practically hear angels singing when this moment first aired.
Like I promise, when I first saw it, I felt like it was in slow motion or something. 😂 It was that mesmerizing. It just felt like it was straight out of an apocalyptic Disney movie lol. It was True Love’s Kiss! 😍
I love that Michonne’s leading the way at first on the kiss and then it does not take long for Rick to be right there with her. I love that he, of course, pulls her in closer and they literally get lost in each other, as any concern that they are on the rocks quickly disappears. Like you literally see them both radiate equal amounts of intense love and energy.
They are so engulfed by each other that it’s like no one else is there. And it’s funny cuz I remember thinking about how R&M are doing all this with Carl definitely right there in the next room with the door open lol. But I love that for this one moment it was just them two in this world. 😊 And you can tell they never want this moment to end.
And y'all can I just say one more time…that’s Rick and Michonne! That’s “Your face is losing the war” Michonne and “You gonna stay awhile?” Rick. These two have been knowing each other for the longest and now they’re doing this.🙌🏾
I remember even my sister, who’s a more casual viewer, took note of this scene and was like “Well okay then.” 😂 Everyone took note of this moment. 👏🏽
Like if someone watches this scene and still doesn’t buy the deep love between Rick and Michonne it might be time for them to consider if they’re a…
Lol. But Haters are just going to stay mad because this couple isn’t only going to survive but thrive. 👌🏽😊 Their bond is unbreakable and this kiss made that crystal clear. The passion, chemistry, sincerity, unity, desire, respect, longing, support, and just pure love conveyed in that kiss, from both of them, is A1. 👌🏽
I love that Michonne knew that her man needed to be reminded that he’s still the man in this world and so she reminded him of just that. Michonne always be knowing just what to do lol. 👏🏽 Like she wanted to remind Rick just who he is in her eyes. He is still the Rick Grimes to Michonne.
R&M are completely on the same page in this moment and it just reminds you that they are truly made for one another. And I adore how much R&M can say without words. Like, apart from “I’m still with you”, that kiss was Michonne telling Rick “I respect you, I believe in you, I support you, I want you, I love you” and Rick seriously needed that.
You can tell that Rick is overcome by this woman and has just gotten even more proof that he was very right in saying “this is different”. It’s 100% clear that Rick got his entire life from that kiss lol. 😊
And I love that it doesn’t just end with the kisses! Afterwards, R&M both lean in, so beyond close to each other, and they stay in this moment just a little longer. It really is like they melt into each other. And they just visually look like they fit together like puzzle pieces. I love that as they just stay here for a moment it really feels like they are leaning on their rock and their other half. Like as hesitant as the scene started it ends with such strength and unity and power between them. 😍
It’s so evident that they don’t want to pull away from each other as the kiss ends and their foreheads touch. Like they almost seem dizzy from the immense amount of love that has just poured out of them. Their love is so powerful it overwhelms them just as much as us lol.
And then Rick says the only appropriate response…
“Thank you”. 😋 I adore this very sweet and very accurate response. Like I know some people say Rick was technically saying thank you in regards to Michonne saying good luck, but let’s be real y'all, he was thanking her for the greatest kiss of his life. (Plus, when she said “good luck” he said “yeah” so he technically already responded to that. 😁)
To me, the “thank” you has even deeper meaning. This was Rick saying thank you to Michonne for being his ride or die, for never giving up on him, for being there for him and loving him and choosing him every time, no matter what. He was thanking her for being her. (and, again, for giving him his entire life in one kiss 😋)
With this world being more dangerous than ever, it’s a big deal to leave home and you really don’t know if your goodbye is truly your last goodbye so, as R&M head off separate ways, Michonne wanted to make sure they have a proper and fitting farewell, which of course is an epic one for an epic couple.
So, in a way, this kiss was her also saying “Just in case this is the last goodbye you should know exactly how I feel about you”. But the kiss was also very strategic, cuz I know Homegirl was trying to give Rick some serious incentive to get back asap. I’m honestly a little surprised Rick didn’t go tell Aaron their trip’s cancelled lol. Cuz after this kiss, Rick really looked like he was thinking, ‘Negan who?” 😂.
I know with complete certainty that Rick had this moment with Michonne on replay the whole time he was out with Aaron. As Rick walks away, Michonne watches both sad to see him go and also knowing full well she just put that man in a trance. 😂 She knows what she’s done lol. Like Rick’s now beyond whipped. Is there a term stronger than whipped? Cuz that’s what he is now lol.
To date, this is my favorite kiss between them. Hence why I can gush about it forever. It was just so much more than a kiss. It was everything. It was their unbreakable love fully on display. And they’ve come so far since season three, and have had many moments in past seasons that could have led to a kiss, so it just feels so rewarding and wonderful that they’re finally at this point in the relationship. I can imagine for long-time shippers this moment sent you straight up to heaven lol. 🙌🏾 😋
Literally every time I see a gif of this moment I can’t help but get that same overwhelming joy I had the first time watching it. It’s just so good and so magical yet so realistic and organic. Richonne is always so well done cuz it’s always conveyed like grown, healthy, natural, genuine true love.
And this kiss gives you no doubt that R&M’s relationship will not just last, but it will stand the test of time. They are ride or die, they are partners for life, they are one.
This scene was towards the beginning of 7x5, but low key the rest of the episode was kind of a blur cuz, as far as I’m concerned, this one scene stole the whole show. 😋
So, in short (lol), every time I see this moment I can’t help but say, “I’m…
Cuz this scene was, is, and will always be a masterpiece. 🙌🏾👌🏽👏🏽👏