Reveling in Richonne
#88: The “You Led Me Here” (7x12)
Ok y'all I promise this is the last breakdown of this scene lol. 😋 This whole scene had been sort of heavy but it ends with this moment that makes me so happy. 👏🏽
I’ve been adoring and talking a lot about R&M’s playfulness in this episode, but this couple is also one of a kind because of how very grown and mature their relationship is as well.
And this is one of those moments that really hits home how mature and adult these two are to be able to take time out to really have a serious conversation about what happens next and what the plan should be if the outcome of the war ends in a way they don’t want it too.
So the last bit of this is Rick saying, “It’s not about us anymore. It’s about a future.” Which is interesting cuz that’s very similar to what Michonne felt in the cell, but she needed this reminder because there was a part of her that she didn’t even realize was unprepared to lose Rick.
It’s interesting Rick says this isn’t about us anymore. Cuz one; It really cements that when Rick didn’t want to fight it was about keeping her and his kids alive and having them with him but now he’s accepted that having them while serving Negan would just be the illusion of being okay, so now it’s about working towards a better and freer future even if he doesn’t get to live to enjoy that future.
And two; It makes me feel like maybe deep down part of fighting back was about the two of them. Cuz I know Rick and Michonne were motivated to fight back for everyone but I think they were also both rightfully motivated to fight back due to it meaning fighting for more time with the love of their life.
And while that’s still a good motivator, they now have to be surrendered to the fact that even if they don’t get to hold on to the one thing they want just for themselves, the fight is still worth it.
It’s extremely selfless of them. But still so heartbreaking that this is them deciding to put the best thing they’ve ever experienced at risk for the others. But that’s what real leaders do and it’s public knowledge that Rick and Michonne are the realest of ones. 💯😋
And then Rick says “And if it’s me who doesn’t make it, you’re gonna have to lead the others forward because you’re the one who can.” First; my heart breaks any and every time Rick talks about how he’s not going to live forever. I know that’s reality but I just never want to imagine the end of Rick Grimes. 😥
Second; I adore that Rick wants Michonne to lead because he knows she’s the one who can. Like he fully understands this is his equal and that she’s something special. The fierce belief these two have in each other is every last thing. 🙌🏾
And third; Y'all Rick’s been thinking about this. He’s clearly been thinking for a while about what life might have to look like if he doesn’t make it and he’s come to the conclusion that the person most fit to lead their entire group is his woman. 👌🏽😭
And then Michonne asks through tears (I love that she can let herself be genuinely emotional with him) “But how do you know?”
It’s so interesting that she asks this. I feel like just like how in the candlelit dinner Rick said he wouldn’t necessarily want to be the leader of the new world this is Michonne’s own way of revealing she too doesn’t see herself as just this automatic leader.
Like it would be easy to assume that since their apocalyptic all-stars they would just gravitate towards and go after being the leader but in this episode we learn that no this is just a man and woman who are super capable and stepped up because it’s what everyone needed but at the end of the day they are just as human as the rest of them.
My respect for them grew immensely to know that they both don’t see themselves as these grand leaders and yet they’ve chosen to lead anyway despite that being the harder path to take.
And then the scene ends with Rick literally attempting to slay us all one last time for good measure when he tells Michonne that he knows she could be the leader, “Because you led me here”.
Yes, yes, and yes. It’s so good. 👏🏽👏 🏽I love when the show gives us verbal confirmation of things we’ve been feeling. I think we had all been feeling like Michonne was Rick’s leader up until this point and so I love love love that Rick confirms this. He knows she’s his leader too. 😊
It’s such an accurate statement too. And I love that Rick tells her this directly. He’s reminding her that every major decision he’s made for a long while has been due to and motivated by her and her wisdom. Like he’s saying, “You led me so that I could lead them.”
In this moment Michonne now knows that she’s been leading everyone’s leader. That’s big. Those five words said so so much and it was beautiful.
I realized that there’s kind of three beats in the arc of this episode for them. Like the candlelit dinner was them expressing how much they want to be together. The emotional carnival moment was them realizing how much they aren’t ready to lose each other. And this van moment is them understanding they have to keep going even if they lose what they want. 😥
I appreicate that they’re taking this time to really talk this all out. It’s an extremely mature thing to do and it really feels like ASZ’s parents are talking about what to do if the community loses one of their leaders.
And I love how Rick has this answer right away cuz he’s been feeling like she leads him for a while. Like when she asks how he knows, he immediately smiles because he knows she’s the one who has shown him the way time and time again. 👌🏽
I also love how close Rick is to her when he says this. Like he really wants her to hear this and know that he means it. And the way he looks at her, y’all it’s more than the sun/moon/stars look, he’s looking at her like she is Mrs. Grimes. 🙌🏾😊❤️