This is Rick at his most exposed. It’s all he could ever give of himself to another person to pick over the deepest wound that the zombie apocalypse has inflicted on him. The third season – the conclusion of all the Shane and Lori drama, the birth of Judith, the loss of his wife – is Rick’s absolute undoing. In After, it’s played as the ultimate dig when Carl mentions Shane in the midst of his anger. For Rick himself to willingly bring the whole thing back in an effort to open himself up to Michonne is huge. It’s raw and painful and beautiful. You can tell how much it means for him to say, “Judith isn’t mine” by the way he breathes out afterwards – like it’s a breath he’s been holding in since the day she was born.
Rick’s reveal here should also be considered within a broader pattern that’s forming, too. Since these two became official, we’ve seen him much more emotionally open and direct than ever. His response to Michonne shutting down in her grief is to reach out (see also: Say Yes). And while this confession shows her the sacrifices he’s made to serve his argument, an inadvertent consequence – whether conscious or not – is that Michonne’s role as a parent becomes even more legitimized. Rick’s claiming of Judith is as legitimate or illegitimate as Michonne’s of both of their children. If Rick sees Judith as his, he sees Carl as Michonne’s.
Andy: It’s one of those watershed moments that happens between the two lovers, between Michonne and Rick, that brings them together.
Danai: It’s heartbreaking and it’s astounding and it’s painful, because on the one hand she loves him and sees more of the beauty in him, but he has been holding this inside. That he made the decision that he did is what makes him a beautiful leader. He sacrifices and he gets out of the way of his own feelings to do what’s right for others. That’s what’s beautiful about him to her. That’s why she trusts him and that’s why she’s been loyal to him, and part of why she fell in love with him. […] She would never have dreamt that he wasn’t Judith’s father from the way he treats this little girl.
Morales: I called them back ‘cause you’re a prize Rick. We’ve been told we don’t kill you, the widow, or the king. Not if we don’t have to… - *Morales’s radio buzzes*
Negan: [through the radio] Rick, you there? Just so you know, the widow and the king are the kinda shitty prizes I get from my grandma at Christmas. The kind I give to charity or some shit… YOU are the kinda prize I’m gonna unwrap very slowly and carefully… Removing every layer bit by bit, taking my sweet time. And when I finally get all of those layers off, I will seriously make you understand the gifts of giving AND receiving.
I JUST RE-WATCHED EPISODE 10 AND I WANNA HAVE A TALK ABOUT HOW STUPIDLY IN LOVE THESE TWO IDIOTS ARE
HOPE Y’ALL LIKE YELLING CAUSE I HAVE NO CHILL LEFT NONE ZERO ZILCH
LET’S JUST GO THROUGH THIS CHRONOLOGICALLY STARTING FROM THE STAIRWELL, WHICH FRANK HAS BEEN HURTLING HIMSELF DOWN LITERALLY FIVE OR SIX STAIRS AT A TIME, RUNNING INTO THE WALLS, PANTING, COVERED IN SWEAT AND OH, ALSO
THOSE RED FUCKING EYES
NOW THAT MAY HAVE BEEN TEAR GAS THAT LEWIS USED UPSTAIRS THAT MIGHT BE A FACTOR EXCEPT FOR FRANK IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE, NOT BETTER
I MEAN SERIOUSLY LOOK AT THAT FACE
THAT FACE OF A MAN WHO HAS A GUN TO HIS SKULL AS A WAY OF CONVEYING HOW NOT HERE FOR BULLSHIT HE IS WHEN KAREN IS IN TROUBLE LITERALLY THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT TALKING TO DINAH IN AND OF ITSELF IS NOT THE ISSUE LIKE AT ALL
BUT IT DOESN’T STOP THERE NO THE MAN MAKES UP TIME BY JUMPING THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF A FIRE HOSE NUMBER OF STORIES A FALL WHICH AUDIBLY RIPS HIS ARM OUT OF ITS SOCKET, CLEARLY FUCKS THE FUCK OUT OF HIS LEG JUDGING BY THE LIMP HE ENDS UP WITH ONCE HE’S UPRIGHT AGAIN, OH AND THAT ARM IS USELESS AND JUST CHILLING FROM LIKE HERE ON OUT BUT
YKNOW NO BIG AS LONG AS HE GETS TO KAREN RIGHT?
YEAH NO EVERYTHING’S FINE HERE, JUST FINE selfsacrificingidiotInLove
ANYWAY NEXT STEP IS BARGING INTO A ROOM WITH A MAN WITH A BOMB, STILL WORKING THAT LIMP LIKE ONE OF THE UN-ALIVE CAST OF THE WALKING DEAD (how’s that for ironic) BECAUSE WHO NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT YOU ARE BLEEDING FROM A BULLET WOUND TO THE TEMPLE, YOUR ENTIRE RIGHT SIDE IS JUST LIKE, GONE, OR ANY OF THAT WHEN YOUR GIRL NEEDS YOU
(YOUR GIRL WHO WAS DOING AN ADMIRABLE JOB OF HANDLING THIS BY THE WAY ALL THINGS CONSIDERED)
OH BUT HE KNOWS THAT HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT TO DO LOOK HOW SCARED HE IS BUT HOW FOCUSED KAREN PAGE IS GONNA GET THEM BOTH OUT OF THIS RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW BLESS THAT WOMAN
SERIOUSLY LOOK AT HER SHE SHOOTS LEWIS AND L A U N C H E S HERSELF AWAY AND TOWARD FRANK WHO
I MIGHT ADD
SUDDENLY ENGAGES THAT COMPLETELY FUCKING USELESS RIGHT ARM
HE ONLY HAS IT COMPLETELY WRAPPED AROUND HER THAT’S NOT LIKE
A BIG ASS FUCKING DEAL CONSIDERING THE PAIN HE’S IN OR ANYTHING
AND THE BEST PART IS THAT THIS ALL GOES BOTH WAYS
ONCE LEWIS IS DEAD IT’S KAREN WHO MAKES SURE FRANK HAS AN OUT LOOK AT THIS, LOOK, YOU CAN SEE (or at least you can where I -tried- to get this screenshot) HIM LOOKING DOWN BECAUSE WHAT SHE HAS DONE IS IMMEDIATELY HELD OUT THAT GUN
FRANK WAS PROBS LIKE: KAREN WTF AND KAREN WAS JUST LIKE: TAKE IT TAKE ME HOSTAGE THEY WON’T SHOOT YOU THROUGH ME
AND I’M SURE FRANK WAS LIKE N O BUT YOU KNOW KAREN WAS LIKE GOD FUCKING DAMN IT FRANK YOU KEEP SAVING MY LIFE AND IT IS MY TURN NOW YOU TAKE THIS GUN AND GET BEHIND ME RIGHT NOW
AND HE FUCKING DOES AND LOOK AT HOW SHE MOVES IN FRONT OF HIM
WHEN LEWIS WAS DRAGGING HER SHE WAS SCRAMBLING AND HAD HER KNEES BENT AND LIMP AS A TODDLER THROWING A FIT BUT WITH FRANK SHE NOT ONLY IS STANDING AS TALL AS SHE’S PHYSICALLY FUCKING CAPABLE OF STANDING BUT SHE IS ALSO HOLDING HER ARMS OUT TO COVER AS MUCH OF HIS BODY AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE
LIKE OH MY GOD SOMEONE GET THEM TO THE CHURCH HOUSE OK THEY’RE PERFECT GODDAMMIT P E R F E C T
He fucking. I can’t. In the middle of that trash heap, he saw a gift for Michonne. IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS FOR RICK! Fact. He lost the toothpaste, and he looked for something else to give her, even though he was trying to get the toothpaste back, and found mints.
He just cut his hand fighting some spiky shit, and he’s forged an alliance with a creepy ass group, yet he was able to find something to give Michonne.
Rick Grimes is always thinking about the details where Michonne is concerned. Fact!