I always love hearing if there was anything that didn’t make the episode. Was there anything notable that you either filmed or talked at some point about having in the finale that did not make the final episode?
There is a lovely scene with Rick and Carl with Michonne and I’m hoping I put it in the deleted scenes. I’m pretty sure I did. That sets up that moment a little bit between Rick and Negan. And I don’t feel we needed to set it up. But it was a lovely scene that kind of did. It was strictly about time. This was already an hour and a half episode. This was sort of a long scene and it wasn’t 100 percent necessary, but I really did like it and I believe it will be included as part of the deleted scenes.
That scene in my mind absolutely did happen in the show. You just didn’t see it. And I think about that a lot. I think there are a lot of scenes that go on that we don’t see. And I could have followed any one of those characters throughout the whole day. It’s actually a very flummoxing sort of part of this. When you have an ensemble show and you want to have beginnings and middles and ends of each character’s story, you could easily tell those. It’s just a factor of time and also wanting to also keep things moving along and not overload the audience with information. Maybe in the future, we’ll be doing ensemble shows where we do all 18 characters and take a deep dive. [Laughs] (x)
Michonne is, I think we can all agree, the bona fide Grimes Whisperer. Just as Rick ‘fesses up that he and the rest of the Anti-A Team have hatched a secret plan involving guns and a penchant for being really fucking extra, Michonne responds by reiterating her trust in him. He offers her the gun – twice – and she just pushes it back into his hand. She trusts him because she can, because she knows he’ll do the right thing when it comes down to it. Michonne never puts Rick on the defensive, nor is she dismissive of his instincts; she always seeks to understand him, and gives him the space to realize why not listening to her is a bad idea all on his own.
Standing exceptionally close to each other (as is customary), they drop so many iconic Richonne lines that everyone’s fanvid voiceover stockpile just got majorly topped up: “That was for you, not them”, “I was afraid you’d talk me out of it – you could’ve”, “We can find a way”, “I’m still with you”, “Something’s gonna happen, just don’t make something happen”. Ultimately, their bond is reinforced by overcoming the conflict. She’s still with him because she always will be.
Andy: Michonne is a fellow warrior. He respects her so much. He trusts her with his life and his children’s lives. He can be checked by her. […] There are few people who are able to anchor Rick [like Michonne].
Scott Gimple: Challenging [Rick] comes from a place of love. It comes from a place of belief in him and support of him and support of the ideals that they share. They all want the same thing. They want the safety of his children. They want the safety of our people. They want to have some semblance of lives. It’s nothing combative; it’s quite the opposite. It’s really about, “I need to check you because I love you, because I care for you, because I care about our community and I care about your leadership.” That’s exactly what she was doing in the penultimate episode: “I’m going to knock you out so that when you wake up tomorrow, you won’t have done something that you really can’t come back from and that we as a community, as your people, also can’t come back from.” As they got to the end of the last episode that aired, they had a conversation where he confessed to her things that he had been hiding. I think that’s a true friendship, when you can put everything out on the table. He received her grace and her forgiveness and her support.