A Richonne Ranking: 40 Moments
 Lead – Say Yes, 7x12
Say Yes was such a gift of an episode, it was nigh on impossible to arrange its scenes into an order of favorites; they all offer a unique angle of this multi-faceted relationship. This one sees a reversion of the typical Richonne dynamic. So rarely does the pace of the show allow for Rick to play a supporting role. We usually see him pushing the A-plot forward, with various supporting characters in play for those scenes, or we see anyone but Rick because Andy needs an hour off to clean the glitter out of his car and maybe sleep. In Say Yes, though, the dramatic climax is framed around Michonne, with Rick as her support.
Rick clearly believes there’s every chance they (or certainly he) won’t make it out of the AOW alive; therein lies the explanation for why he has hesitated for so long. 7B has shown Rick doing everything he can to spoil Michonne, create this special time for them and prolong it – precisely because it won’t last. Michonne, however, has been living it up in a fun place called Denial, sleeping peacefully because “we’re the ones who live.” Except here she’s been forced to confront their vulnerability.
It’s so important that this be a totally equal partnership. This scene offers a nice balance to the many pep talks that Michonne has issued Rick with over the years. She is allowed a rare moment to be open and vulnerable while Rick rallies her. The line, “You led me here” pays tribute to a long-established dynamic – honoring Michonne’s contribution to Team Family, to Rick and to their survival up to this point. The delivery is stunning, too, with a breezy air of assurance to it – because of course. Of course she did. If you ever need a reminder of how important these people are to each other, how deeply they feel for one another, and everything that they put on the line when the fights start, this is your scene.
- Andy: It’s that moment where she is incredibly vulnerable, she’s shocked by what just happened and how much she feels for Rick and how undone she is by what just happened, by essentially seeing him die. So Rick in exchange — it is an exchange — he tells her about the fact that he feels haunted by the death of Glenn. It’s a sort of exchange of vulnerability, which enables them to become stronger. They become more whole. I think that’s basically their relationship: they become more human, more whole, with each other. She knows that if he does die — and he will die at some point — the community has to go forward. And she is an absolutely qualified leader in her own right. Rick is no fool. He’s in the firing line. He’s going to war with the Big Bad Wolf and there’s going to be collateral damage. […] It’s an interesting question: are you vulnerable because of love, because you love somebody, or does it make you fight stronger? That’s the central question that we’ve been riffing on for the last seven years. I think, ultimately, my position would be unless you love, you’re not human. You’re not a complete human being. That’s why [Say Yes] was so much fun – seeing these two warriors, Michonne and Rick, in love, bringing out qualities in each other that you’ve never seen before, that certainly they haven’t accessed for a long, long time. Otherwise, what the fuck are we fighting for?
- Greg Nicotero: When we shot that episode, I felt that was the best scene we had shot all season. There was so much power behind it, so much emotion behind the words, just raw and beautiful. And the performances in that scene — I sat at the monitor and was like “Oh my God!” What they’re saying and how they’re saying it and the connection, all of that lands because we’ve seen them raiding the buildings and pillaging and scavenging and going at it in the van and you know, the Sixteen Candles birthday dinner scene that I specifically choreographed like Sixteen Candles. I just wanted the audience to really feel that part of their relationship so that when she realizes that she could lose him, it’s just devastating to her.