I was thinking of the small moment in Rick’s flashback sequence from the premiere: The scene of Michonne smiling when she saw his clean-shaven face. You know the one:
For that moment to stick out in his mind it must’ve left an impression on him; an impression deeper than any of us realised at the time. Sure, we all squealed and flailed and thought it was cute, but imagine what Rick was thinking.
This stoic, serious, and oft times stern woman was left smiling brightly because of his face, of all things.
He played it so cool when she beamed at him like that; offering a reply and then walking away.
Imagine the fluttering that would have been in his stomach!
How his face would have grown warm.
How his legs would have felt weak. The moment was not of great importance to the story line. Yes, it set up the Richonne toothpaste moment that was to come, but it wasn’t a huge scene in the larger narrative. I am of the belief that it was a small intimate moment where Rick could appreciate Michonne’s beauty as she reacted honestly to his.
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”